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John Augustus SWOPE


SWOPE, John Augustus, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pa., December 25, 1827; attended the common schools at Gettysburg, Pa., and Mount St. Mary’s Academy, Emmitsburg, Md.; was graduated from Princeton College in 1847 and from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, but discontinued the practice of medicine after a few years and engaged in mercantile pursuits in Baltimore; returned to Gettysburg and became president of the Gettysburg National Bank in 1879; also engaged in manufacturing and agricultural pursuits; elected in 1884 as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William A. Duncan and served from December 23, 1884, to March 3, 1885; subsequently elected in 1885 to the Forty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Duncan, who had been reelected, and served from November 3, 1885, to March 3, 1887; was not a candidate for renomination in 1886; moved to Washington, D.C., and engaged in banking until his death there on December 6, 1910; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pa.

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

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