George Sweeny

George Sweeny (* February 22, 1796 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, † October 10, 1877 in Bucyrus, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1839 and 1843 he represented the State of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


George Sweeny received an academic education and then studied at Dickinson College in Carlisle. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began in 1820 to work at Gettysburg in this profession. In 1830 he moved to Bucyrus in Ohio; In 1838 he was prosecutor in the local Crawford County. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career.

In the congressional elections of 1838, Sweeny was in the 14th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William H. Hunter on March 4, 1839. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1843 two legislative sessions. The time from 1841 was by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs was coined - Also, at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico.

In 1842, Sweeny gave up another candidacy. After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. In 1853 he moved his residence and his law firm after Geneseo, Illinois. Three years later he returned to Bucyrus. There he was again prosecutor in Crawford County. Then he withdrew into retirement, in which he dealt with literary and scientific matters. George Sweeny died on October 10, 1877 in Bucyrus, where he was also buried.