Thaddeus C. Sweet
Thaddeus Campbell Sweet
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 32nd district
November 6, 1923 – May 1, 1928
|Preceded by||Luther W. Mott|
|Succeeded by||Francis D. Culkin|
|Member of the New York State Assembly|
from the Oswego County district
January 1, 1910 – December 31, 1920
|Preceded by||Frank L. Smith|
|Succeeded by||Ezra Barnes|
|Born||November 16, 1872|
Phoenix, New York
|Died||May 1, 1928 (aged 55)|
Whitney Point, New York
|Political party||Republican Party|
|Parents||Anthony Wayne Sweet and Sarah Elizabeth Campbell|
He was born on November 16, 1872 in Phoenix, New York to Anthony Wayne Sweet and Sarah Elizabeth Campbell. He attended the public schools, and graduated from Phoenix Academy and High School. Then he entered business and for two years served as a traveling salesman. In 1895, he began the manufacture of paper and was President of the Sweet Paper Manufacturing Co. He also engaged in banking. He was town clerk of Phoenix from 1896 to 1899.
He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Oswego Co.) in 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919 and 1920; and was Speaker from 1914 to 1920. As Speaker, in 1919 Sweet opposed the protective labor legislation for women and children promoted by newly enfranchised New York women, refusing to allow it to get to the Assembly floor. That fall, suffragist Marion Dickerman fought a tough race to defeat his bid for reelection, and though she lost she cut substantially into his support and, for the first time in his political career, made him work hard to win. Suffragists believed Dickerman's race quashed his gubernatorial chances. In 1920 he proposed the infamous expulsion of socialists from the New York Assembly.
He was elected to the 68th United States Congress in 1923 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Luther W. Mott and served from November 6, 1923 until his death in office, having been re-elected to the 69th and 70th United States Congresses.
Thaddeus Sweet was the first sitting member of Congress to die in an airplane accident. Shortly after breakfast on May 1, 1928, he and the pilot Lt. Bushrod Hoppin, U.S. Army, took off in a new Army observation plane, Curtiss O-1B Falcon, serial number 27-279, assigned at Middletown Air Depot, Pennsylvania, from Bolling Field to fly to Oswego, New York, where he was to make a speech. Lt. Hoppin, known as a careful pilot, flew into a storm between Binghamton, New York and Cortland, New York.
He thought it best to land and selected a field on a stock farm near Whitney Point, New York. The field was knobbly, and the airplane bounced and turned a somersault. Sweet, having unbuckled his safety belt, was pitched against the cockpit wall, and killed by a head injury. Lt. Hoppin, belted in his seat, was unbruised. Sweet was buried at the Rural Cemetery at Phoenix, New York.
- "T. C. Sweet Killed In Airplane Crash. Congressman Meets Almost Instant Death in Landing Upset at Whitney Point, N.Y. On Hop From Washington. Army Pilot Is Slightly Hurt. National and State Leaders Honor House Member". New York Times. May 2, 1928. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
Thaddeus C. Sweet of Phoenix, N.Y., Representative in Congress from the Thirty-second District, was killed ...
- "Death of Sweet". Time Magazine. 1928-05-14. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
Representative Thaddeus Campbell Sweet of New York telephoned Bolling Field one afternoon last week and asked Lieutenant Bushrod Hoppin, U. S. A., to fly him to Oswego, N. Y., where he was to make a speech. Such calls from Congressmen are encouraged by the War and Navy Departments.
- Mark L. Peckham (February 1990). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Sweet Memorial Building". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
- United States Congress. "Thaddeus C. Sweet (id: S001109)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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|New York Assembly|
Frank L. Smith
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| Speaker of the New York State Assembly
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
Luther W. Mott
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd congressional district
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