John McSweeney Edit Profile
Born in Wooster, Ohio, McSweeney attended the public schools and was graduated from Wooster University in 1912. He studied law at the Inns of Court, London, England.
He was employed in the engineering corps of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. in 1912 and 1913. He taught at Wooster High School 1913-1917. He served overseas during the First World War from May 10, 1917, to August 11, 1919, and was promoted to captain and aide-de-camp to General Farnsworth on August 16, 1918.
He returned to the United States in 1919 and resumed teaching. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress. He was admitted to the bar in 1925 and commenced practice in Wooster.
McSweeney was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth, Sixty-ninth, and Seventieth Congresses (March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1929). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Wooster.
State director of public welfare 1931-1935. McSweeney was elected to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress.
He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1940 and for election as Governor of Ohio in 1942. He served as a lieutenant colonel with the Military Government in Italy 1943-1946. He resumed the practice of law.
McSweeney was elected to the Eighty-first Congress (January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress, for election in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress, and in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress. Resided in Wooster, Ohio, until his death there December 13, 1969.
He was interred in Wooster Cemetery.
Member engineering corps Pennsylvania R.R., 1912-1913. Member Wooster School Board. Member 68-70th Congresses, also 81st Congress, 16th Ohio District.
Member Wooster City Council. Member board trustees Kent (Ohio) State University. Served to captain, infantry, United States Army, 1917-1919, lieutenant colonel Army of the United States, 1943-1947.
Member American Legion Disabled American Veterans American Forestry Association (past (vice president), Ohio Society Washington (president 1950), Phi Gamma Delta. Clubs: Lamplighters (honorary) (Wooster).
Married Abby Schaefer, July 9, 1924.