Niagara County

1897 Biography - George M. Swain

Swain, Hon. George M., was born in the village of Totness, Devonshire, England, in 1821, and came with his parents to America in 1831, settling in Auburn. In the spring of 1843 Mr. Swain came to Somerset, Niagara county, where he has since resided, with the exception of three years in Orleans county. Mr. Swain was married in 1849 to Eliza Patch, and they had two sons: Charles, who resides in Somerset, and George M. (deceased), who was a physician, and died in 1882 from injuries received from being thrown out of his buggy while on his way to visit a patient. Mr. Swain was supervisor of his town during the late war, and was elected to the Assembly of New York in the fall of 1871, serving in 1872 and 1873. Since he gave up politics, he has returned to farming and is engaged in raising grain, stock and fruit. His father was engaged in whale fishing and for many years did a lucrative business. His sailing place was from London, and he was at St. Helena when Napoleon was transported there to banishment. He died at Auburn, N. Y., in 1869, at the age of ninety-four.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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