Thaddeus C. Sweet Edit Profile
He attended the public schools, and graduated from Phoenix Academy and High School.
He represented New York's 32nd congressional district from 1923 to 1928. 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. Suffragists believed Dickerman's race quashed his gubernatorial chances.
He was a delegate to the 1916 and 1924 Republican National Conventions. 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. Death
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. The Sweet Memorial Building was dedicated to him in 1929.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
God commands His people to respect the authority of political leaders and honor them. God also commands His people to pray for their political leaders.
Member of New York House of Representatives, 1909-1920 (speaker of House, 1914-1920). Member 68th and 69th Congresses (1923-1927), 32d New York District. Mason ( Knights Templar, Shriner), Odd.
Married Lena May McCarthy, December 5, 1894.