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Francis Edward Sweeney Sr.
File:Francis E. Sweeney.jpg
Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
January 1, 1993 – December 31, 2004
Preceded by Robert E. Holmes
Succeeded by Judith Ann Lanzinger
Personal details
Born (1934-01-24)January 24, 1934
Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Died April 10, 2011(2011-04-10) (aged 77)
Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lee Marie Yesback
Children four
Alma mater
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1957–1958

Francis Edward Sweeney Sr. (January 24, 1934 – April 10, 2011) [1] was an American politician and jurist of the Ohio Democratic party. He served as a justice of the Ohio Supreme Court[2] from 1993 to 2004. While on the court, he formed a majority coalition with fellow Democrat Alice Robie Resnick and Republicans Paul Pfeifer and Andrew Douglas.

He earned his Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1963.

Sweeney, played defensive tackle for Xavier as well as in the Canadian Football League. His grandson Jake Ryan is a linebacker in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars while two of his other grandsons (Connor (wide receiver) and Zack (linebacker) Ryan) played college football at Ball State.[3]

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