Meet John Cullen

The Cullen Family
The Cullen Family
John Cullen, Renee Ducharme, and Lois Gibbs
John Cullen & Reneč Ducharme, founding
members of S.T.O.P., speak with Lois Gibbs
who raised awareness on Love Canal at
November 2007 Toxic Action Group Annual
Meeting, Wentworth Institute, Boston, MA
John fought to stop Mann Chemical
John fought to stop Mann Chemical
Member of Providence College Class of 1968
Member of Providence College Class of 1968
Member of senior baseball league - Silver Foxes
Vote November 6th
John J. Cullen
99 Old River Road
Lincoln, RI 02865

When you elect me as your Representative from District 46, I will not go along to get along at your expense. I will fight for the taxpayers' interest and not special interest. I will always tell you what you need to hear and listen to what you have to say. I want your vote and I want to build a working relationship with you, the voter.

My story starts and continues with the motto: "Faith, Family and Friends."

My Great Grand-Dad John F. Cullen came from Ireland at age 16 in 1853 with an uncle to flee the famine and troubles the English inflicted upon the Irish and to seek opportunity and a better life here in America. He worked for the Lonsdale Company and the Berkeley Company doing their teaming and managing their farms. He founded an excavation company that helped build the Berkeley Mill and the Lonsdale (Ann & Hope) Mill, among others; also St. Joseph's Church, Ashton, where he was a founding member who donated the land which is now St. Joseph's cemetery in 1879. He married Mary Powers from Prospect Hill, Lonsdale, and they had eleven children. He founded a General Store in Berkeley in 1886, which is now on the Rhode Island Historical Register. They lived in Ashton and Berkeley villages for a while before moving to the Lonsdale, Smithfield, area which is now Lincoln. John F. Cullen purchased the Whipple Farm in 1877, where he ran a dairy farm and where his progeny still reside to this day. He also purchased the Amassa Whipple farm in Cumberland in 1888 and deeded it to Bishop Matthew Harkins, who asked the Cistercian order of Nova Scotia to found a Monastery there. They did so in 1900 and called it "Our Lady of the Valley."

My Mom's family of eleven, the Tyniks of Cumberland and Lincoln, came from the Ukraine in the early 1900s seeking opportunity for a better life. They worked in the textile mills of our beloved Blackstone Valley.

My father was the last farmer on the Cullen farm in (Lime Rock) Lincoln, served in WW II and later was a hoisting engineer for local 57 until his death. My wonderful Mom worked in the mills, Madison Mfg. and H&H Mfg., while raising a family.

I graduated from Mercymount Country Day School in 1960 and LaSalle Academy in 1964 after receiving a superior education from the Sisters of Mercy and the Christian Brothers. I graduated from Providence College in 1968 with a B.A. in social sciences and Masters in Education/Counseling. I completed my student teaching at North Smithfield HS under the supervision of Mr. Lovett. I married the love of my life, Barbara (Walach) Cullen, a retired educator/administrator in the East Greenwich school system, in 1969 and we have been happily married for 45 years. We are proud parents of three adult children, Christian, Rebecca, and John and have two grandchildren, Clea and Christian. I was honorably discharged from the U .S. Navy in 1971. I taught high school for a short time in Lincoln and Smithfield before taking a position as a family counselor with Woonsocket Family and Child Services. I started my real estate business in 1977, Public Self-Storage business in 1981, and the former Whipple-Cullen Farm Bed & Breakfast in 1993.

I have coached in the Cumberland-Lincoln Babe Ruth League, Lincoln Parks and Recreation, and was a founding member and coach in Lincoln Youth Hockey. Other community service includes: Cumberland-Lincoln Rotary Community Service Award recipient; former member and contributor to the Cumberland-Lincoln Boys & Girls Club; Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Award recipient; and Member of Nature Conservancy, Historic New England, and Operation Clean Government. I was the Vice-Chair of the last Lincoln Charter Review Commission and a former Chair of the Lincoln Democratic Town Committee.

I have a history of commitment to good government and community service, and I ask you to elect me your public servant. It will be a public trust I will keep.

  • Happily married 50 years to Barbara Walach Cullen, three adult children and two grandchildren
  • Retired businessman/owner of Cullen Realty, Public Self Storage and former owner of Whipple-Cullen Bed and Breakfast
  • Graduate of Providence College, B.A and M.Ed.
  • U.S. Navy, honorably discharged
  • Former coach: Lincoln Parks & Recreation, Cumberland-Lincoln Babe Ruth, Founding member of Lincoln Youth Hockey
  • Rotary Community Service Award
  • Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Award
  • Member of Operation Clean Government
  • Member of
  • Member of Historic New England
  • Member of The Nature Conservancy
  • Member of Senior hockey group, Rhody Oldies
  • Member of Senior baseball league, Silver Foxes


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