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Sweet Home / Henry W. Sweet

 
 
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By Tim Carr, February 6, 2009
1. Sweet Home / Henry W. Sweet Marker
Inscription. This house was built in 1906 by architect William E. Benns for H. W. Sweet at a cost of $10,000. The house uniquely blended the Queen Anne and Neo-Classical architectural styles, featuring two identical pedimented entrance porticos supported by fluted Composite-order columns, full-length wrap around porches on the first and second stories, and an octagonal corner tower. H. W. Sweet (1866-1919) a native of South Carolina, was Bessemer's first undertaker and a furniture merchant. Henry W. Sweet (1902-1990) was his and Mattie Breen Sweet's (1865-1946) only child. Henry married Lucile Lytle (1902-1986) in 1925.

Reverse: Sweet Home

Henry Wilson Sweet (1902-1990) contributed greatly to the economic, political and civic life of Alabama, Jefferson County, and Bessemer. As Jefferson County Commissioner, he helped bring the University of Alabama Medical Center to Birmingham, signing the deed conveying land and the Hillman - Jefferson Hospital Complex to UAB. Sweet was Director of the Alabama and Georgia State Docks and a candidate for Governor in 1954. While he was Alabama Docks Director, Mobile achieved its highest ever U.S. ports ranking. He also served as Treasurer of the Bessemer Division of Jefferson County, President of the American Association of Ports Authorities, and an International Director of Lions
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By Tim Carr, February 6, 2009
2. Sweet Home / Henry W. Sweet Marker
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Erected 2006 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 33° 23.994′ N, 86° 56.97′ W. Marker is in Bessemer, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Arlington Avenue and 19th Street South, on the right when traveling west on Arlington Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bessemer AL 35020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bright Star / Koikos Restaurant (approx. 0.3 miles away); Doughboy Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hosea Holcombe (approx. 0.7 miles away); Union Baptist Church And Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Lynching In America / The Lynching of William Miller (approx. 2.1 miles away); Canaan Baptist Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Ross Bridge (approx. 4.9 miles away); Overseer’s House (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bessemer.
 
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By Tim Carr, February 6, 2009
3. Sweet Home / Henry W. Sweet Marker
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By Tim Carr, February 6, 2009
4. Sweet Home
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 30, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,340 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 30, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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