John McSweeney House
The John McSweeney House today
Backstory and Context
John Sweeney was born to Irish immigrant parents near Rochester, New York in 1824. After the death of his parents, the young McSweeney was raised by Mrs. Grimes of Canton, Ohio. He attended Western Reserve College, studying law. At the age of 21, he came to Wooster and began working for Judge Ezra Dean. In 1851, he married Catherine Rex. During the 1860s, McSweeney rose to prominence and worked cases from New York to Chicago. He worked nearly all the major cases of northern Ohio between 1868 and 1878. He also gave speeches at Democratic conventions and before local elections.
Market & Walnut Street Tour. Wooster History. Accessed October 09, 2018. http://woosterhistory.org/exhibits/show/walking-tour/market-and-walnut-street-tour.