Thomas Sweeney (politician)

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Thomas Bell Sweeney Jr. (Nov. 18, 1903 – September 9, 1973), a Republican politician from the state of West Virginia.

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Thomas Sweeney
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 1st district
In office
1939–1942
Personal details
Born
Thomas Bell Sweeney Jr.

(1903-11-18)November 18, 1903
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican

He was born in Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia, on November 18, 1903. His father Thomas Bell Sweeney was the Wheeling agent of the Equitable Life Assurance society, and lived in Washington, D.C. after 1911. [1] His grandfather was John F. Sweeney, who had founded that agency in 1887 and managed it for seven years before his death. His great-grandfather Thomas Sweeney (glassmaker) was a prominent early industrialist in Wheeling and served in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly as a Whig. His grandfather was admitted to the Sons of the American Revolution in 1949, based on the service of his ancestors John Bell and his son Robert Bell in the Cumberland County, Pennsylvania militia in that conflict.

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He was a member of the West Virginia Senate 1st District, 1939-42. He was at various times also a candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates, U.S. Senator from West Virginia, and U.S. Representative from West Virginia. He was also a delegate to the Republican National Convention from West Virginia in 1948, 1956, and 1960.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Henry D. Hatfield
Republican nominee for
U.S. Senator from West Virginia (Class 1)

1940, 1946
Succeeded by
W. Chapman Revercomb
Preceded by
W. Chapman Revercomb
Republican nominee for
U.S. Senator from West Virginia (Class 2)

1954
Succeeded by
John D. Hoblitzell