John McSweeney (politician)

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John McSweeney
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 4, 1929
Preceded by Joseph H. Himes
Succeeded by Charles B. McClintock
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Serving with Harold G. Mosier
Preceded by Daniel S. Earhart
Stephen M. Young
Succeeded by George H. Bender
L. L. Marshall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951
Preceded by Henderson H. Carson
Succeeded by Frank T. Bow
Personal details
Born (1890-12-19)December 19, 1890
Wooster, Ohio
Died December 13, 1969(1969-12-13) (aged 78)
Wooster, Ohio
Resting place Wooster Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Alma mater College of Wooster

John McSweeney (December 19, 1890 – December 13, 1969) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Wooster, Ohio, McSweeney attended the public schools and was graduated from Wooster University in 1912. He was employed in the engineering corps of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. in 1912 and 1913. He taught at Wooster High School 1913-1917. He served overseas during the First World War from May 10, 1917, to August 11, 1919, and was promoted to captain and aide-de-camp to General Farnsworth on August 16, 1918. Awarded the Purple Heart Medal and received the Croix de Guerre. He studied law at the Inns of Court, London, England. He returned to the United States in 1919 and resumed teaching. He served as member of the Wooster City Council 1919-1921 and served as president. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress. He was admitted to the bar in 1925 and commenced practice in Wooster.

McSweeney was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth, Sixty-ninth, and Seventieth Congresses (March 4, 1923 – March 4, 1929). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Wooster. State director of public welfare 1931-1935.

McSweeney was elected to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress. He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1940 and for election as Governor of Ohio in 1942. He served as a lieutenant colonel with the Military Government in Italy 1943-1946. He resumed the practice of law.

McSweeney was elected to the Eighty-first Congress (January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress, for election in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress, and in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress. Resided in Wooster, Ohio, until his death there December 13, 1969. He was interred in Wooster Cemetery.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Martin L. Davey
Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Ohio
1942
Succeeded by
Frank Lausche