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Thomas Bell Sweeney Jr. (Nov. 18, 1903 – September 9, 1973), was a Republican politician from the state of West Virginia.
|Member of the West Virginia Senate |
from the 1st district
Thomas Bell Sweeney Jr.
November 18, 1903
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
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.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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