Edwin F. Sweet
Edwin Forrest Sweet c. 1915
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Michigan's 5th district
|Gerrit J. Diekema|
|Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|W. Millard Palmer|
|George E. Ellis|
Edwin Forrest Sweet
November 21, 1847
Dansville, New York
|Died||April 2, 1935 (aged 87)|
(m. after 1876)
|Alma mater||Yale College|
University of Michigan
Edwin F. Sweet was born in Dansville, New York. He was the son of Sidney Sweet and Hannah (née Redmond) Sweet. He attended the common schools and Dansville Seminary. He graduated from the literary department of Yale College in 1871, where he was a member of Skull and Bones. He was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter).:15
After graduation, Sweet engaged in a tour of Europe and the Holy Land. Departing from New York city October 9, 1871, he went to Liverpool, Wales, London, Paris, Marseilles, Rome, Naples, and Brindisi. He then sailed to Alexandria, Egypt, went up the River Nile to the first Cataract, and then spent a month in Palestine. On his return, he passed through Syria, Constantinople, Athens, Venice, Switzerland, Austria, Prussia, Sweden, and Scotland. He returned to New York City one year to the day after his departure. In January 1873, he entered the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and graduated in 1874.
He was admitted to the bar in 1874 and was employed as a clerk in the law firm of Hughes, O'Brien & Smiley in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In April 1876, he formed the law firm of Stuart & Sweet. Sweet was a member of the board of education from 1899 to 1906.
He served as Mayor of Grand Rapids from 1904 to 1906. Sweet defeated incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Gerrit J. Diekema, to be elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 5th congressional district to the 62nd United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1911 to March 3, 1913. In 1912, he lost in the general election to Republican Carl E. Mapes.
In 1913, Sweet was appointed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce, where he served until 1921. In 1916 he was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Michigan, losing to Albert Sleeper. He was member of the board of education of Grand Rapids from 1923 to 1926 and a member of the city commission from 1926 to 1928.
In the early 1880s, he invested in the Sweet Ranch in Dickey County, North Dakota. He is listed as the founder of Fullerton, North Dakota which was named in honor of his father-in-law and owner of the Carroll House Hotel in Fullerton which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1876, Sweet was married to Sophia Fuller Sweet (1854-1923), daughter of Grand Rapids attorney Edward Philo Fuller (1820-1886). Together, they were the parents of:
|Party political offices|
Woodbridge Nathan Ferris
| Democratic nominee for Governor of Michigan
John W. Bailey
W. Millard Palmer
| Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan
George E. Ellis
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Gerrit J. Diekema
| United States Representative
for the 5th Congressional District of Michigan
1911 – 1913