Biography of John A. Swoveland
Tipton County, IN Biographies





JOHN A. SWOVELAND, attorney at law, is a native of Ohio, and was born at Mansfield, Richland County, July 22, 1843. When he was quite young, his father removed to Van Wert County, Northwestern Ohio, on what was known as the Indian Reserve. There John A. remained until 1861, acquiring such an education as the common schools afforded. September 14, 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Fourth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. His command was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland, and with it he participated in the battles of Chattanooga, Nashville, and the siege of Atlanta. He was with Sherman on his famous march to the sea until his arrival at Atlanta. He returned from that city with Thomas to Nashville. On the 28th October, 1862, he was taken prisoner by the enemy at Lexington, Ky. He was paroled the same day, and sent to Columbus, Ohio, where he remained until January, 1863, when he was exchanged, and sent back to his company. In the same year he was made Corporal and served in that capacity until he was discharged in 1864. He reenlisted, and continued in the service until the close of the war. During his second term of service, he took part in the engagements at Tullahoma, Franklin, Tenn., and Selma, Ala. During the battle of Tullahoma, he received a painful wound in the right foot, which has slightly crippled him for life. His brigade captured Jefferson Davis, and Mr. Swoveland had command of the guard that held him in custody at the Lanier House, Macon, Ga. After the war, he returned to his home in Ohio, and attended school for one year. In 1867, he removed to Tipton County, and engaged in business. He traded largely in railroad ties and cord wood. Unfortunately in 1871 his entire stock was destroyed by fire, which financially stranded Mr. Swoveland. In 1872, he engaged in the practice of the law, at Windfall. In 1878, he was elected Prosecuting Attorney for the Thirty sixth Judicial District of Indiana. After his election, he removed to Tipton, where he has since continued to practice his profession; his office is in the Picken Block, Room 1. Mr. Swoveland was married in Tipton County, December 26, 1867, to Miss Isabella Van Winkle. They have three children, Jessie A., Gracie M. and Sarah G. Politically, he is a Republican, and a member of the order of Odd Fellows.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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