Weldon B. Heyburn
- for the actor, see Weldon Heyburn
|Weldon B. Heyburn|
|United States Senator
March 4, 1903 – October 17, 1912
|Preceded by||Henry Heitfeld|
|Succeeded by||Kirtland I. Perky|
|Born||May 23, 1852
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
|Died||October 17, 1912
|Resting place||Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery
West Chester, Pennsylvania
|Spouse(s)||Gheretein Yeatman 
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
Born near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Heyburn's parents were Quakers of English descent. He attended the public schools there, and later Maplewood Institute, Concordville, Pennsylvania, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His brother, William Heyburn (1861–1939), eventually moved west to Louisville, Kentucky, where he became a leading citizen and President of Belknap Hardware and Manufacturing Company.
He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1876, when he commenced practice in Media. In 1883, he moved to the Silver Valley of Shoshone County in northern Idaho and continued the practice of law in Wallace. Heyburn was a member of the convention that framed the constitution of the State of Idaho in 1889.
Heyburn was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1898 to the 56th Congress, losing to Silver Republican Edgar Wilson. In January 1903, Heyburn was elected by the Idaho Legislature to the United States Senate, defeating Boise attorney William Borah, who won the other Senate seat four years later. Others in the race were former Governor and Senator George L. Shoup, and Judge D.W. Standrod. Heyburn was re-elected by the legislature January 1909, and served until his death in Washington, D.C. on October 17, 1912. In the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Manufactures (58th through 62nd Congresses). Heyburn had been in ill health for several months and was interred in Birmingham Cemetery near West Chester, Pennsylvania, west of Philadelphia. During his career, he opposed Gifford Pinchot's call for national forests because he didn't agree with the government controlling vast amounts of land in western states. He also fought Theodore Roosevelt on many of the Progressive Era ideas such as an 8 hour work day and child welfare laws.
In the state of Idaho, the city of Heyburn in Minidoka County is named for him, as well as Mount Heyburn, a jagged peak in the Sawtooth Mountains. The mountain tops out at 10,299 feet (3,139 m) above sea level, and overlooks Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, just south of Stanley in Custer County.
- "Senator W.B. Heyburn dies after lingering illness". Spokesman-Review. October 18, 1912. p. 1.
- "Senator Heyburn dies". Milwaukee Journal. October 18, 1912. p. 2.
- "Heyburn passes away". St. Joseph Gazette. October 18, 1912. p. 2.
- "Caucus tonight on Senator". Spokesman-Review. January 7, 1903. p. 1.
- "Weldon Brinton Heyburn, 1852-1912, Papers, 1889-1911". University of Idaho Library. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
- "How Heyburn got it". Spokesman-Review. January 17, 1903. p. 4.
- "Idaho important: death of Heyburn may have bearing on presidential election". Spokane Daily Chronicle. October 18, 1912. p. 3.
- "Heyburn a winner". Spokane Daily Chronicle. January 27, 1906. p. 15.
- "Mount Heyburn". Idaho Summits.com. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
- Weldon B. Heyburn at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Memorial addresses after Heyburn's death from Congress
- University of Idaho Library – Weldon Brinton Heyburn (1852-1912), Papers, 1889-1911
- Idaho Summits.com - photo of Mount Heyburn
- "Weldon Brinton Heyburn". U.S. Senator. Find a Grave. July 8, 2003. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
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