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Edwin F. Sweet

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Edwin F. Sweet
Edwin Forrest Sweet circa 1915.jpg
Edwin Forrest Sweet c. 1915
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 5th district
In office
Preceded byGerrit J. Diekema
Succeeded byCarl Mapes
Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan
In office
Preceded byW. Millard Palmer
Succeeded byGeorge E. Ellis
Personal details
Edwin Forrest Sweet

(1847-11-21)November 21, 1847
Dansville, New York
DiedApril 2, 1935(1935-04-02) (aged 87)
Ojai, California
Political partyDemocratic
Sophia Fuller
(m. after 1876)
Alma materYale College
University of Michigan
Carroll House Hotel  Fullerton, North Dakota
Carroll House Hotel
Fullerton, North Dakota

Edwin Forrest Sweet (November 21, 1847 – April 2, 1935) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Early life

Edwin F. Sweet was born in Dansville, New York. He was the son of Sidney Sweet and Hannah (née Redmond) Sweet.[1] He attended the common schools and Dansville Seminary. He graduated from the literary department of Yale College in 1871, where he was a member of Skull and Bones. He was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter).[2]:15

After graduation, Sweet engaged in a tour of Europe and the Holy Land. Departing from New York city October 9, 1871, he went to Liverpool, Wales, London, Paris, Marseilles, Rome, Naples, and Brindisi. He then sailed to Alexandria, Egypt, went up the River Nile to the first Cataract, and then spent a month in Palestine. On his return, he passed through Syria, Constantinople, Athens, Venice, Switzerland, Austria, Prussia, Sweden, and Scotland. He returned to New York City one year to the day after his departure. In January 1873, he entered the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and graduated in 1874.


He was admitted to the bar in 1874 and was employed as a clerk in the law firm of Hughes, O'Brien & Smiley in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In April 1876, he formed the law firm of Stuart & Sweet. Sweet was a member of the board of education from 1899 to 1906.

He served as Mayor of Grand Rapids from 1904 to 1906. Sweet defeated incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Gerrit J. Diekema, to be elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 5th congressional district to the 62nd United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1911 to March 3, 1913. In 1912, he lost in the general election to Republican Carl E. Mapes.[3]

In 1913, Sweet was appointed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce, where he served until 1921. In 1916 he was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Michigan, losing to Albert Sleeper. He was member of the board of education of Grand Rapids from 1923 to 1926 and a member of the city commission from 1926 to 1928.

In the early 1880s, he invested in the Sweet Ranch in Dickey County, North Dakota. He is listed as the founder of Fullerton, North Dakota which was named in honor of his father-in-law and owner of the Carroll House Hotel in Fullerton which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4][5][6]

Personal life

In 1876, Sweet was married to Sophia Fuller Sweet (1854–1923), daughter of Grand Rapids attorney Edward Philo Fuller (1820–1886). Together, they were the parents of:[1]

  • Carroll Fuller Sweet (1877–1955), who married Agnes Marie Callahan (1885–1969) in 1908.[1]
  • George Philo Sweet (1881–1924), who married Jessie Louise Ellicott died from tuberculosis at the age of 42.[1]

He resided in Grand Rapids until 1928 when he retired and moved to Ojai, California where he died on April 2, 1935. He is interred in Oakhill Cemetery, Grand Rapids.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Reynolds, Cuyler (1914). Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 1154. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1934-1935" (PDF). Yale University. October 15, 1935. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  3. ^ "Edwin F. Sweet". Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "Dickey County in pioneer days". The Oakes Times. July 6, 2006. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Founding of Fullerton, North Dakota". Fullerton Community Betterment Association. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "Carroll House". SAH Archipedia. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "Ex-Congressman Is Dead In West: Edwin F. Sweet Was First to Be Elected From 5th Michigan District". Lansing State Journal, April 3, 1935. Retrieved March 1, 2020.

Further reading

Party political offices
Preceded by
Woodbridge Nathan Ferris
Democratic nominee for Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
John W. Bailey
Political offices
Preceded by
W. Millard Palmer
Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan
Succeeded by
George E. Ellis
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gerrit J. Diekema
United States Representative
for the 5th Congressional District of Michigan

1911 – 1913
Succeeded by
Carl Mapes
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