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John Jackson McSWAIN

(1875-1936)

McSWAIN, John Jackson, a Representative from South Carolina; born on a farm near Cross Hill, Laurens County, S.C., May 1, 1875; attended the public schools; was graduated from Wofford College Fitting School in 1893 and from the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1897; taught school in Marlboro, Abbeville, and Anderson Counties; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in Greenville, S.C.; referee in bankruptcy 1912-1917; entered the officers’ training camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., May 12, 1917, and served in the First World War as captain of Company A, One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Infantry, until March 6, 1919, when he was honorably discharged; resumed the practice of law in Greenville, S.C.; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1921, until his death; chairman, Committee on Military Affairs (Seventy-second through Seventy-fourth Congresses); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1936; died in Columbia, S.C., on August 6, 1936; interment in Springwood Cemetery, Greenville, S.C.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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