Sullivan Township’s namesake is Henry Sullivan.
On March 4, 1891 State Representative Frank Thatcher of Ravenna introduced a bill into the Michigan Legislature to incorporate the township of Sullivan.
The bill was passed March 24, 1891, the Board of Supervisors of Muskegon County formally created the township of Sullivan.
The first annual Sullivan Township meeting was help Monday, April 4, 1891, at the schoolhouse in the village of Sullivan, with Albert Decker, Albert B. Klise, and George S. Martin the inspectors of election.
First officers were Hiram Munger, supervisor; Edward P. Davidson, clerk; A. Klise, treasurer; James N. Reynolds and Kimball Spaulding, inspectors of schools; C.K. Arnold, highway commissioner (who resigned because of ill health soon after the election); Albert Decker, John J. Howard, Frank Chaplin, and A.B. Klise, justices; Jacob Hulst, drain commissioner; E.O. Myrick and R.R. Wood board of review; and Thomas Hinsley, Wm. Keniston, Wm. Farr and Harvey Wallace, Constables.
Then there was a wild celebration with bonfires and fireworks. The woodsmen, sawmill workers, sawmill owners, businessmen and farmers all joined together to celebrate.
Sullivan Township was born!