Biography of George B. Swift
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Swift, George Bartlett, merchant, was born in New Bedford, Mass., August 11, 1851. Moses C. Swift, his father, was born October 29, 1824, in Falmouth, and when about seventeen years old came to New Bedford, where he learned the tailor's trade. About 1850 he engaged in the tailoring business on the corner of Water street and Shepherd's lane, whence he removed to Union street near Second, where Daniel B. Allen became his partner in 1852. This partnership was dissolved in 1854 and Mr. Swift engaged in manufacturing stocks and shirts. Later he was with A. J. Potter & Co., and during the war was engaged extensively on government work. In 1864 he opened a clothing and tailoring establishment at 159 Union street, where he continued business until his death, enlarging the store from time to time until it was six times its original capacity. He finally admitted his son George B. as a partner and the business has since been carried on under the firm name of M. C. Swift & Son. Mr. Swift was a man of great energy and had the respect and confidence of the entire community. He died June 4, 1895, leaving a winow, one son and two daughters. George B. Swift received a public school education, and in 1864 entered his father's store, with which he has ever since been connected, having been its manager for a number of years. Since his father's death he has conducted the business under the old firm name. In 1875 he married Caroline F., daughter of George H. Macomber of Westport, Mass, and they have two children living: Helen L. and Sarah E., and one, Lillian H., deceased.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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