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Weldon Brinton Heyburn was a U.S. Senator from Idahomarker from 1903-12. The city of Heyburnmarker is named for him, as is Mount Heyburnmarker.

Early life

Heyburn was born near Chadds Fordmarker, Pennsylvaniamarker on May 23, 1852. He attended the public schools there, and later Maplewood Institute, Concordville, Pennsylvaniamarker, and the University of Pennsylvaniamarker in Philadelphiamarker.

Legal career

He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1876, when he commenced practice in Mediamarker. Later he moved to Shoshone Countymarker, in northern Idahomarker in 1883 and continued the practice of law in Wallacemarker. Heyburn was a member of the convention that framed the constitution of the State of Idaho in 1889.

Political career

Heyburn was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress, losing to Silver Republican Edgar Wilson. In 1902 Heyburn was elected by the Idaho Legislature to the United States Senate, defeating Boise attorney William Borah, who would win a Senate seat in 1906. Heyburn was re-elected by the legislature in 1908, and served from March 4, 1903, until his death in Washington, D.C.marker on October 17, 1912. In the Senate he served as chairman on the Committee on Manufactures (Fifty-eighth through Sixty-second Congresses). Heyburn was interred in Lafayette Cemetery, near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvaniamarker.

Mount Heyburn

Mount Heyburnmarker, a jagged peak in the Sawtooth Mountains, is named for the senator. The mountain tops out at 10,299 feet (3139 m) above sea level, and overlooks Redfish Lakemarker in the Sawtooth National Recreation Areamarker, just south of Stanley, Idahomarker.



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