Hon. Thaddeus C. Sweet. - In the death of Thaddeus C. Sweet on May 1, 1928, as the result of an airplane crash
at Whitney Point, N. Y., the State of New York lost one of its eminent citizens and public office holders. He was
elected to the New York State Assembly, and served from 1910 until 1920 and as a speaker from 1914 to 1920 inclusive.
He was elected as a Republican to the Sixty Eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Luther W.
Mott, and reelected to the Sixty Ninth and Seventieth Congresses, and served from Nov. 6, 1923, until the time
of his death.
Thaddeus C. Sweet was born at Phoenix, Oswego County, Nov. 16, 1872, the son of Anthony Wayne and Sarah Elizabeth
(Campbell) Sweet. The father was a native of Clay, Onondaga County, N. Y.
After his graduation from Phoenix Academy and the high school, Thaddeus C. Sweet entered business and for two years
was a traveling salesman. He was town clerk of Phoenix from 1896 until 1899. In 1895 he became interested in the
manufacture of paper, and became head of the company which bears his name, being associated with his brother, the
late K. N. Sweet. The business flourished and Mr. Sweet also gained other holdings in the paper industry. He was
chairman of the board of directors of the Oswego County Trust Company.
In recent years, Mr. Sweet had become enthusiastic about aviation and his interest in flying had made him popular
with army flyers in Washington. He had been a guest on a flight with Colonel Charles Lindbergh shorty before the
colonel's flight into Mexico. Congressman Sweet had accepted an invitation to participate in a celebration which
was to have marked the beginning of operations of the municipal hydro electric plant at Dam No. 6 in the Oswego
River, and being detained in Washington, he deeided the last minute to make the trip to Oswego by air. It was during
the flight that the biplane crashed in a severe storm at Whitney Point, N. Y., and Congressman Sweet was killed
Mr. Sweet was also president of the Asphalt Products Company, Inc., of Syracuse, and at the time of his death was
engaged in organizing a corporation for the operation of a plant in New York City for the finishing of paper, this
plant to be used in converting the product of the Phoenix mill into tissue paper of various qualities. He was also
a member of a large syndicate of New York men interested in Florida real estate.
Mr. Sweet is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lena McCarthy Sweet, whom he married in 1894; two sons, Richard W. Sweet,
who is now at the head of the Sweet Bros. Paper Company, Inc.; and Berton W. Sweet. Two daughters are: Mrs. Vera
Schultz; and Miss Ruth Sweet, both of Phoenix.
Fraternally, Mr. Sweet held membership in Callimachus Lodge F. & A. M. No. 369; Oswego River Chapter R. A.
M. No. 270; Ontario Cornmandery; Media Temple, Watertown; and B. P. O. Elks. He was an ardent sportsman, and spent
much of his leisure time in hunting and fishing. He had a fine hunting lodge in the Adirondacks and lived with
his family in Phoenix.
The name of Thaddeus C. Sweet is perpetuated in his home village of Phoenix by a memorial building which is used
for administrative purposes. The edifice is of early American design, with simple but strong lines, and was built
at a cost of upwards of $100,000.
One of the most outstanding characteristics of Mr. Sweet was his devotion to duty. Coupled with this was modesty
and personal charm. Another of his assets was his willingness to serve. No public man of his day served more zealously
or more willingly for his constituents. He threw into all his affairs his vitality in endeavoring to serve those
whom he represented. Hips rise in Congress was phenomenal, and at his death, after only five years of service he
was a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Oswego County, NY
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