Biography of Marcus G. B. Swift
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Swift, Marcus George Barker, attorney at law, son of Rev. Orson Ross Swift, M. D., and Mary Elizabeth Barker. was born in the township of Raisin, county of Lenawee, Mich., March 12, 1848. He was educated in the public schools, Adrian College and in the law department of the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated in 1872. Before entering upon his legal studies he enlisted in September, 1864, in the 4th Mich. Infantry and served in the Army of the Cumberland until the close of the war, when he accompanied his regiment to Texas to help prevent Maximillian and the Emperor Napoleon from encroaching on the rights of American citizens in Mexico or the United States. His regiment remained in the service until July, 1866 He then began the study of law in the office of Newberry, Pond & Brown of Detroit, Mich., the last named being Henry Billings Brown, now an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Later he pursued his studies under F. H. Canfleld and afterward with Wilkinson & Post of Detroit; at that time Mr. Post was a reporter of the Supreme Court of Michigan and Mr. Swift was in his office under a salary for one year. Mr. Swift was admitted to the bar in the Supreme Court of Michigan April 2, 1872, and to the United States District Court of Michigan December 5, 1874. He began the practice of his profession in 1873 in partnership with Charles E. Williams. In December, 1874, he came to Fall River, where he has since resided. He was admitted to the bar of Bristol county January 13, 1875, and to the United States Circuit Court of Massachusetts September 22, 1875. He has since conducted a large business in his profession and is widely known as a successful lawyer. For several years he was a partner in the law firm of Braley & Swift. Upon the accession of Hon. Henry K. Braley to the bench of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, he associated with him in the practice of his profession George Grime, under the firm name of Swift & Grime. Mr. Swift is a member of the First Congregational Church, the Masonic fraternity, Odd Fellows, Red Men, and in 1897 was com:nander of Richard Borden Post, G. A. R., and judge advocate of the Department of Massachusetts, G. A. R. December 25, 1872, be married Mary D., daughter of Rev. Alexander Milne of Fall River, and their children are James Marcus, Orson Alexander, John Tuttle, Milne Barker, Mabel Antoinette and Anna Osborn. The second was killed in a railroad accident in 1894. James Marcus graduated from the University of Michigan A. B. in 1895, spent two years in Harvard Law School, and having been admitted to the bar, is practicing law in the office of Swift & Grime.

From:
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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