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Weldon Brinton HEYBURN

(1852-1912)
Senate Years of Service:
1903-1912
Party:
Republican

HEYBURN, Weldon Brinton, a Senator from Idaho; born near Chadds Ford, Delaware County, Pa., May 23, 1852; attended the public schools, Maplewood Institute, Concordville, Pa., and the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1876 and commenced practice in Media, Pa.; moved to Shoshone County, Idaho, in 1883 and continued the practice of law in Wallace; was a member of the convention that framed the constitution of the State of Idaho in 1889; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress; National Committeeman for Idaho 1904-1908; elected in 1903 as a Republican to the United States Senate; reelected in 1909 and served from March 4, 1903, until his death in Washington, D.C., October 17, 1912; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Fifty-eighth through Sixty-second Congresses); interment in Lafayette Cemetery, near Chadds Ford, Pa.

Bibliography

Cook, R.G. “Pioneer Portraits: Weldon B. Heyburn.” Idaho Yesterdays 10 (Spring 1966): 22-26; Simpson, John A. “Weldon Heyburn and the Image of the Bloody Shirt.” Idaho Yesterdays 24 (Winter 1981): 20-28.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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