001-002 Biographical data about Z. T. Sweeney


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001-002 Biographical data about Z. T. Sweeney


A typewritten biographical sketch of Zachary Taylor Sweeney.





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301 Washington Street (Columbus, Ind.)

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Cline Keller Library General File Collection, Z.T. and Linnie Irwin Sweeney, Bartholomew County Historical Society, Columbus, IN; 301 Washington Street: Cornerstone of Columbus, Indiana (digital collection).

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Biographical data about Z. T. Sweeney, 1962, Z.T. and Linnie Irwin Sweeney, Cline Keller Library General File Collection, Bartholomew County Historical Society, Columbus, IN.


Bartholomew County Historical Society


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2 page typewritten document

Typewritten text (sheet 1):


Reverend Zachary Taylor Sweeney was born at Liberty, Kentucky, February 10, l849. He was the son of Guyrn E. and Talitha Campbell Sweeney, the youngest in a family of nine children. His father and grandfather, Job Sweeney, were both ministers of the Disciples of Christ, as well as three brothers and two nephews.

He graduated at Scottsville, Illinois Seminary and later attended Eureka College, Illinois, for one year and DePauw University for three years. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi at the latter institution. He later received an LLD from Butler University.

After finishing his education in 1866, he became a school teacher for three years and then entered the ministry of the Disciples of Christ in 1869 at Paris, Illinois, where he also, served two years. In 1871, he was called tothe First Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana, where he served, with a two-year leave of absence, until 1896. He was made pastor emeritus at the conclusion of his ministry.

During his pastorate at Columbus, he lived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph I. Irwin and he married their daughter, Linnie Irwin, March 10, 1875. After their marriage, they resided about two years in Augusta, Georgia, wherehe was the pastor of the First Christian Church. They had three children, Nettie I. Sweeney, who was later, Mrs. Hugh Thomas Miller, who died February 6, 1960, Joseph I., who died at the age of 19, August 13, 1900, and Elsie I., who is still living. He had a second leave of absence of four years between 1889 and 1893, when he was United States Consul-General at Constantinople. During his stay in Constantinople, he wrote a book regarding his sojourn there and his extensive travels in Palestine and the Near East, entitled "Under Ten Flags". At his return in 1893, he was the Imperial Ottoman Commissioner for the Chicago Exposition. He was exclusively engaged, for many years, as a lyceum lecturer by the Redpath Bureau at the conclusion of his pastorate in 1897. He was eloquent as a preacher and lecturer. Professor Blackie of Great Britain once said "The greatest orator I know is Lord Roseberry; next to him, if not his equal, stands Z.T.


Typewritten text (sheet 2):


Sweeney, an American torrent of eloquence."

He organized the Fish and Game Commission in Indiana in 1899. He headed this Commission from 1899 to 1907.

He was a director of the Indianapolis-Columbus-Southern Railroad and, also, a chancellor of Butler University and a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Congress of Religions in 1893. He received a decoration called the Order of the Osmanieh from the Sultan of Turkey, Abd-ul-Hamid, at the conclusion of his diplomatic services.

He was President of the American Christian Missionary Society and Chairman of their Commission on Foreign Relations.

In addition to the book, "Under Ten Flags", which he wrote in 1888, he, also, was author of Pulpit Diagrams in 1899, two volumes of Bible Readings, "Querish Drawer", "The Spirit and the Word" and, also, biennial reports as Fish and Game Commissioner in the years 1899, 1901, 1903, 1905 and 1907. In addition, he was a contributor to popular and scientific magazines.

He was particularly interested in the cause of Christian Unity and never missed an opportunity to attend meetings to discuss this question.

He was beloved by all who knew him, as he was an extrovert, who was intensely interested in his fellowman. He died in Indianapolis, February 4, 1926.


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