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Extracted from Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and
Clayton Counties, Iowa, 1894 Reprinted by Higginson Book Co., Salem,
Massachusetts, p. 147
JAMES SWEENEY. Many pleasant homes
may he seen throughout Dubuque County and some are of more than ordinary
beauty, either in architectural design or surroundings. Among those in
Dubuque Township that are commodious and set in the midst of broad fields
is the farm owned and occupied by Mr. Sweeney, which comprises one hundred
and sixty acres. The tract is well located and bears the improvements
usually made by a man who desires to keep up with the times and surround
himself with the conveniences of modern rural life. Honest and persistent
effort on his part has been crowned by success, and today he ranks among
the prosperous citizens of the township.
The parents of our subject, Miles and Mary (Flynn) Sweeney, lived and
died in Ireland, where the father was superintendent of a landlord's estate
during the greater part of his life. They were honest and industrious
people, and reared a family of twelve children. James was born in County
Mayo, July 20, 1820, and spent the years of youth and early manhood in
the land of his birth, having no educational advantages. In 1849 he crossed
the ocean and after a voyage of five weeks between Liverpool and New York
landed in the latter city. From there he went to Geneva, N. Y., where
for live years he was employed by the month.
In September 1856, Mr. Sweeney married Miss. Margaret Nevins, who was
born near her husband's native home. They have been the parents of twelve
children, of whom ten are living, as follows: Mary, Miles, Anna, Sarah,
William, James, Robert, Charles, Lizzie and Lucy. After his marriage Mr.
Sweeney settled in the vicinity of his present home. In 1859 he began
to operate a rented farm, upon which he engaged in tilling the soil for
ten years. He then purchased one hundred and sixty acres comprising his
present homestead. At the time of purchase this was almost wholly unimproved,
and its present neat appearance is due to the energy of the owner, who
has erected all the buildings, planted the trees and transformed the property
into one of the most attractive homes of the county.
The principles of the Democratic Party receive the hearty and loyal support
of Mr. Sweeney, who, however, has been too much engrossed in his personal
affairs to take an active part in public matters. As a citizen he has
been active in every way and has given liberally to churches and schools,
especially to the Catholic Church, of which he is a member. He had no
one to help him start in life, but was obliged to make his way in the
world as best he could. That he has succeeded in his worthy enterprises
is shown by a glance at his fine estate.