SWEET, Edwin Forrest

SWEET, Edwin Forrest
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


SWEET, Edwin Forrest, a Representative from Michigan; born in Dansville, Livingston County, N.Y., November 21, 1847; attended the common schools; was graduated from the literary department of Yale College in 1871 and from the law department of Michigan University at Ann Arbor in 1874; was admitted to the bar in 1874 and commenced practice in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1876; member of the board of education 1899-1906; mayor of Grand Rapids 1904-1906; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second Congress (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1913); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress; Assistant Secretary of Commerce 1913-1921; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Michigan in 1916; member of the board of education of Grand Rapids 1923-1926; member of the city commission 1926-1928; operated a grain and stock ranch in North Dakota; resided in Grand Rapids, Mich., until 1928 when he retired and moved to Ojai, Calif., where he died April 2, 1935; interment in Oakhill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Mich.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Michigan
Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1900-1906, 0.3 linear foot and 4 volumes. The collection consists of scrapbooks containing newspapers clippings largely concerning Grand Rapids, Michigan, politics and Edwin Sweet's activities as mayor. Also included in the papers are campaign leaflets and scattered correspondence.
Papers: In the Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg Papers, 1884-1974, 8 linear feet and 25 volumes. Persons represented include Edwin F. Sweet. Some of the collection is available on microfilm. A finding aid is available in the library and online.
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