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John Philip SWASEY

(1839-1928)

SWASEY, John Philip, a Representative from Maine; born in Canton, Oxford County, Maine, September 4, 1839; attended the Canton public schools, Dearborn Academy, Hebron Academy, Maine State Seminary, and Tufts College, Medford, Mass.; during the Civil War enlisted in the Union Army and was appointed first lieutenant of Company K, Seventeenth Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1863 and commenced practice in Canton; town clerk and treasurer of Canton in 1866 and 1867; county attorney of Oxford County, Maine, 1868-1870; assessor of internal revenue in 1869 and 1870; member of the State house of representatives in 1874; served in the State senate in 1875 and 1876; member of Governor Robie’s council in 1883 and 1884; elected on November 3, 1908, as a Republican to the Sixtieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles E. Littlefield and at the same time was elected to the Sixty-first Congress and served from November 3, 1908, to March 3, 1911; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; resumed the practice of his profession at Canton, Maine, where he died May 27, 1928; interment in Pine Grove Cemetery.

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

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