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Burton Erwin SWEET


SWEET, Burton Erwin, a Representative from Iowa; born on a farm near Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa, December 10, 1867; attended the common schools and the Iowa State Normal School at Cedar Falls; was graduated from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, in 1893 and from the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1895; was admitted to the bar in 1895 and commenced practice in Waverly, Iowa; city solicitor of Waverly 1896-1899; member of the State house of representatives 1900-1904; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1904; member of the Republican State central committee 1902-1906; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1923); did not seek renomination in 1922, having become a candidate for Senator; unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator in the Republican primary election of 1922 and again in 1924; resumed the practice of law; died in Waverly, Iowa, January 3, 1957; interment in Harlington Cemetery.

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

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