Weldon Brinton Heyburn
Weldon B. Heyburn
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1903 – October 17, 1912
|Preceded by||Henry Heitfeld|
|Succeeded by||Kirtland Perky|
Weldon Brinton Heyburn
May 23, 1852
Chadds Ford Township, Pennsylvania
|Died||October 17, 1912 (aged 60)|
|Resting place||Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery|
Birmingham Township, Pennsylvania
|Spouse(s)||Gheretein Yeatman |
(m. 1903–1912, his death)
|Parents||John Brinton Heyburn|
Sarah Gilpin Heyburn
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
Born in southeastern Pennsylvania near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Heyburn's parents were Quakers of English descent. He attended the public schools there, the Maplewood Institute in Concordville, and the University of Pennsylvania. His brother, William Heyburn (1861–1939), eventually moved west to Louisville, Kentucky, where he became a leading citizen and president of Belknap Hardware and Manufacturing Company.
Heyburn studied law under Edward A. Price and was admitted to the bar in 1876 and commenced practice in Media, Pennsylvania,. With the mining excitement in Colorado, he moved west to Leadville, where he practiced law for several years. In 1883, Heyburn moved to the Silver Valley of northern Idaho and continued the practice of law in Wallace in Shoshone County. Heyburn was a member of the convention that framed the constitution of the state in 1889.
On 30 Aug. 1884, Heyburn staked the Polaris discovery, northeast of, and 26 days before, the Blake's discovery of the Yankee Boy and Yankee Girl ore bodies. After his death in 1912, a nephew mined some ore from the Polaris in a limited fashion. Hecla Mining took over the Polaris in 1930, while the Yankee Boy mine became the core of the Sunshine Mine in 1918.
Heyburn was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1898 to the 56th Congress, losing to Silver Republican Edgar Wilson. In January 1903, Heyburn was elected by the Idaho Legislature to the U.S. Senate, defeating Democrat James Hawley, 50 to 17. Boise attorney William Borah was the runner-up for the Republican nomination, 28 to 22, and won the other Senate seat four years later. Others in the race were former Governor and Senator George Shoup, and Judge D.W. Standrod; both dropped out and gave their support to Heyburn.
Heyburn was re-elected by the legislature January 1909, and was chairman of the Committee on Manufactures (58th through 62nd Congresses). During his career, he opposed Gifford Pinchot's call for national forests because he didn't agree with the federal government controlling vast amounts of land in western states. He also fought President Theodore Roosevelt on many of the Progressive Era ideas, such as an 8-hour work day and child welfare laws.
The largest man in the Senate, Heyburn had collapsed on the Senate floor after delivering a speech in March 1912, and been in ill health for most of the year prior to his death at age 60 in Washington, D.C. on October 17. He was interred at Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery in Birmingham Township, Pennsylvania.
In the state of Idaho, the city of Heyburn in Minidoka County is named for him, as well as Mount Heyburn, a jagged peak in the Sawtooth Mountains. The mountain tops out at 10,229 feet (3,118 m) above sea level, and overlooks Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, just south of Stanley in Custer County.
Heyburn State Park, the Northwest's oldest state park, is in Benewah County at the southern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene. It was created in 1908; Senator Heyburn had attempted to secure it as a national park. The legislature named it after Heyburn in 1911, while he was still in office.
- "Senator W.B. Heyburn dies after lingering illness". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 18, 1912. p. 1.
- "Senator Heyburn dies". Milwaukee Journal. October 18, 1912. p. 2.
- "Quaker maid said "yea"". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). August 6, 1902. p. 1.
- "Heyburn passes away". St. Joseph Gazette. Missouri. October 18, 1912. p. 2.
- "Recent deaths: Senator Heyburn of Idaho". Boston Evening Transcript. October 18, 1912. p. 12.
- "Elect Heyburn U.S. Senator". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). January 14, 1903. p. 3.
- Fahey, John (1990). Hecla: A Century of Western Mining. Seattle: University of Washington Press. pp. 79–81. ISBN 9780295970141.
- "Received every Republican vote". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). January 13, 1903. p. 1.
- "Heyburn to be Senator from Idaho". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. January 9, 1903. p. 1.
- "Caucus tonight on Senator". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). January 7, 1903. p. 1.
- "Weldon Brinton Heyburn, 1852-1912, Papers, 1889-1911". University of Idaho Library. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
- "How Heyburn got it". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). January 17, 1903. p. 4.
- "Heyburn saved through Brady". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. January 14, 1909. p. 1.
- "Heyburn wins on solid party vote". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. January 15, 2015. p. 1.
- "Forest Service angers Heyburn". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. February 26, 1909. p. 2.
- "Idaho important: death of Heyburn may have bearing on presidential election". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. October 18, 1912. p. 3.
- "Heyburn a winner". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. January 27, 1906. p. 15.
- "Mount Heyburn". Idaho Summits.com. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
- "Heyburn State Park" (PDF). Idaho State Historical Society. Reference Series, #291. January 1993.
- "Heyburn State Park". State of Idaho. State Parks. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
- Slade, Lou M. (July 22, 1962). "Heyburn has Sylvan beauty". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Inland Empire magazine. p. 7.
- United States Congress. "Weldon Brinton Heyburn (id: H000554)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Memorial addresses after Heyburn's death from Congress
- University of Idaho Library – Weldon Brinton Heyburn (1852-1912), Papers, 1889-1911
- Idaho Summits.com - photo of Mount Heyburn
- Weldon Brinton Heyburn at Find a Grave
- Weldon B. Heyburn, late a senator from Idaho, Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and Senate frontispiece 1914
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