Party affiliation: Republican
Admitted to bar; elected to Iowa Senate, 1883, 1887 (unanimously elected president pro tem., 1886). Member 51st Congress (1889-1891). In 1874, with his brother Charles, founded Sweney Brothers Bank of Osage.
Later the Mitchell Company Savings Bank. In law practice at Osage, Iowa Trustee for 30 years, and part of time president, Cedar Valley Seminary, Osage.
Born October 2, 1845