About Weldon Brinton Heyburn
Weldon Brinton Heyburn (May 23, 1852 – October 17, 1912) was a U.S. Senator from Idaho from 1903 – 1912. The city of Heyburn is named for him, as is Mount Heyburn.
Heyburn was born near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania on May 23, 1852. He attended the public schools there, and later Maplewood Institute, Concordville, Pennsylvania, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. 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.
He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1876, when he commenced practice in Media. Later he moved to Shoshone County, in northern Idaho in 1883 and continued the practice of law in Wallace. Heyburn was a member of the convention that framed the constitution of the State of Idaho in 1889.
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. 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, Pennsylvania.
Mount Heyburn, 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 Lake in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, just south of Stanley, Idaho.