Burton E. Sweet

Burton Erwin Sweet ( * December 10, 1867 in Waverly, Iowa; † January 3, 1957 ) was an American politician. Between 1915 and 1923 he represented the state of Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Burton Sweet attended the public schools of his home, the. Iowa State Normal School in Cedar Falls and then to 1893 the Cornell College in Mount Vernon After a subsequent law studies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and its made ​​in 1895 admitted to the bar, he began practicing in his new profession in Waverly. Between 1896 and 1899 he was also a lawyer of this community. Politically Sweet was a member of the Republican Party. Between 1900 and 1904 he was a delegate in the House of Representatives from Iowa. In 1904 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, was nominated to the President Theodore Roosevelt for a second term. From 1902 to 1906 Sweet sat in the regional Board of his party for Iowa. In 1908, he unsuccessfully sought the nomination of his party for the congressional elections.

1914 Sweet was the third electoral district of Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Maurice Connolly on March 4, 1915. After three re- elections, he was able to complete 1923 four contiguous legislatures in Congress until March 3. In this time of the First World War fell. In addition, the 18th and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in Congress were adopted. It was about the prohibition of alcohol and the nationwide introduction of women's suffrage.

In 1922, Sweet opted not to run again. Instead, he applied unsuccessfully within his party for the nomination for a by-election in the U.S. Senate. Two years later, in 1924, failed another attempt to gain his party's nomination for the Senate elections. After these defeats Sweet withdrew from politics. He worked in the following years as a lawyer and died in January 1957 at the age of 89 in his hometown of Waverly.