Biography of Henry Swayne
Winona County, MN Biographies

HENRY SWAYNE, third son of Samuel and Mary Swayne, born in the town of Southington. Connecticut, May 24, 1820. The Swayne family are of English origin and are descended from Abram Swayne, grandfather of the subject of our sketch, who came from Devonshire in 1790. At an early age Henry commenced the battle of life, leaving home when twelve years of age and finding employment choring around a store in New Haven. He had had little or no schooling while at home and he determined to make up the deficiency attending an evening school for some two years, costing him almost his entire wages. His energy and perseverance attracted attention, and kind friends were ready to assist the struggling youth. From chore boy he rose by successive steps until finally he became the owner of the store he commenced life in. Prosperity for a time attended his efforts, but a series of misfortunes ultimately forced him to close out business and he turned his attention to the west. Coming to Illinois in 1850, he pre-empted a farm in Will county, where he remained until 1860, when he came to Whitewater. He was married at New Haven, Connecticut, in 1842, to Miss Cora Whitley, and has a family of two, a son and daughter. Mr. Swayne enjoys the reputation of a man of great force of character, honorable in all his dealings and of the strictest integrity.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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