James William Swift

June 1866–17 April 1927 (Age 60)
Macoupin, Illinois, United States

The Life of James William

When James William Swift was born in June 1866, in Macoupin, Illinois, United States, his father, John M Swift, was 30 and his mother, Susanna A Williams, was 24. He married Mary Elizabeth Hays on 11 September 1884, in Macoupin, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in North Otter Township, Macoupin, Illinois, United States in 1900 and South Otter Township, Macoupin, Illinois, United States in 1910. He died on 17 April 1927, in Virden, Macoupin, Illinois, United States, at the age of 60, and was buried in Union Chapel Cemetery, North Otter Township, Macoupin, Illinois, United States.

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James William Swift
Mary Elizabeth Hays
Marriage: 11 September 1884
John Monroe Swift
Charles Jefferson Swift
Oliver Columbus Swift
Walter James Swift
Earl Swift
Susan E Swift
Ethel F Swift
George Swift
Cora Marie Swift
Katherine Swift

Spouse and Children

11 September 1884
Macoupin, Illinois, United States


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    John M Swift


    Susanna A Williams




    Mary Elizabeth Swift


    Christanna Swift


    Anna Swift



World Events (8)

1867 · Sorry Mr. President, You can't do that.

Age 1

This Act was to restrict the power of the President removing certain office holders without approval of the Senate. It denies the President the power to remove any executive officer who had been appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate, unless the Senate approved the removal during the next full session of Congress. The Amendment was later repealed.

Age 5

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.
1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 19

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

Name Meaning

A name given for swiftness in moving. It may be a location name, from Swift, a river of England.

Sources (3)

  • John W Swift, "United States Census, 1920"
  • James M Swift in household of John M Swift, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James W Swift in household of John W Swift, "United States Census, 1870"

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