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Sullivan, William

  • By: Victor B. Stolberg
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

William Sullivan was a career Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) bureaucrat and the founding director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of National Narcotics Intelligence. The office was folded into what became the Drug Enforcement Administration.

William Cornelius Sullivan was born in Bolton, Massachusetts, on May 12, 1912. He graduated from Hudson High School. He completed advanced degrees from American University and George Washington University; he was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Boston College. Sullivan became an agent for the FBI in 1941 after completing the Bureau University. During the early part of World War II, he was sent on an undercover mission to Spain. FBI colleagues came to call him “Crazy Bill,” because of his unpredictability. He was ambitious and rose quickly ...

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