SWEET, Willis

SWEET, Willis
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1856–1925

Biography

SWEET, Willis, a Representative from Idaho; born at Alburg Springs, Vt., January 1, 1856; attended the common schools and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln; learned the printer's trade in Lincoln, Nebr.; moved to Moscow, Latah County, Idaho, in September 1881; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1889 and commenced practice in Moscow; appointed United States attorney for Idaho in May 1888; judge of the first judicial district of Idaho from November 19, 1889, to January 1, 1890; appointed associate justice of Idaho Supreme Court November 25, 1889; first president of the board of regents of the University of Idaho 1889-1893; upon the admission of Idaho as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress; reelected to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses and served from October 1, 1890, to March 3, 1895; was not a candidate for renomination in 1894; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1896; resumed the practice of his profession in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho; attorney general for Puerto Rico 1903-1905; editor of a newspaper in San Juan, P.R., from 1913 until his death there July 9, 1925; interment in Santurce Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Depauw University

Greencastle, IN
Papers: 1921, 4 items. Two signed copies by Willis Sweet of the typescript titled The University of Idaho: A statement of the facts in connection with the establishment and location of the institution. Each transcript is accompanied by a cover letter to General E.R. Chrisman, April 8, 1921. Also included is a handwritten draft of the bill establishing the University of Idaho, 1888, as well as a typed copy.

University of Idaho Library
Special Collections and Archives

Moscow, ID
Papers: 1889, 1 item. A letter from Willis Sweet, president, and H.B. Blake, secretary, to R.Z. Johnson written on June 10, 1889. In the letter, Willis Sweet and H.B. Blake call a special meeting of the board of regents of the University of Idaho, July 10, 1889, to adopt plans and specifications for the university building.
Papers: In the Jay Willis Woodworth Manuscripts, [19--], 5 volumes. Subjects include Willis Sweet.
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