J. L. Swift, senior member of the firm of Swift & Bryson, attorneys at law of North English, was born at
Riverside, Washington county, Iowa, of which county his parents, Henry L. and Sarah E. (Wombacher) Swift, were
likewise natives. Edward Swift, the paternal grandfather, came to this state from Ireland, and Adam Wombacher,
the maternal grandfather, also became a pioneer settler of Washington county, emigrating to the United States from
Germany. Henry L. Swift was for many years a manufacturer of brick and tile but is now living retired.
J. L. Swift was graduated from the Riverside high school and in the fall of 1900 matriculated in the law department
of the State University of Iowa, which conferred upon him the LL. B. degree in 1903. He was admitted to the bar
and shortly after his graduation established himself in practice at Riverside, where he continued until August,
1907. He then came to North English and opened an office, practicing independently until 1912. In that year H.
L. Bryson was admitted to a partnership, the firm name being Swift & Bryson. They have built up an enviable
reputation for ability and conscientiousness. Mr. Swift is characterized by vigor of intellect and by the ability
to go directly to the crux of the matter.
To the marriage of Mr. Swift and Miss Myrtle Saville, of Riverside, have been born two children, Oral S. and Harold
W. Mr. Swift is a member of Triumph Lodge, No. 479, A. F. & A. M., and also belongs to Iowa Consistory, No.
2, A. & A. S. R., of Cedar Rapids, while both he and his wife are identified with North English Chapter, No.
170, O. E. S. Along professional lines he belongs to the Commercial Law League of America and manifests a progressive
spirit in his attitude toward the various questions that come up before the legal profession for solution, believing
that the law should be a potent force in the development and advancement of the country and should be kept in close
touch with modern life. Since coming to North English he has won a high place in the regard and respect of his
fellow citizens and is recognized as an able and forceful attorney.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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