Biography of William G. Swan
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Swan, William Gere, was born in Galway, Saratoga county, February 9, 1822, and was the elder of two children of O. W. and Susan Swan. In 1835 C. W. Swan and family came to Albion, and here the father established a general merchandise business, with which he was connected until succeeded by his son William. For about ten or twelve years William G. Swan and Joseph M. Cornell were partners in business, and in October, 1855, the former became superintendent of the Railway Suspension Bridge, continuing in that capacity thirty eight years. Mr. Swan resigned his position a year before it was accepted. He is still a stockholder, director and treasurer in the American Company, and is also a large stockholder in the Pullman Car Company. Mr. Swan began work early in life, and for a period of more than half a century he has been actively identified with the business history of Albion and Western New York. The first wife of William G. Swan was Catharine, the daughter of Dr. L. C. Paine, of Albion. She died in 1853, and in 1860 he married Emma M. Etheridge, of Hastings, Minn. No children were born of either marriage. In politics Mr. Swan is inclined to be independent and conservative. For many years he has been a member of the Baptist Church and president of its Board of Trustees.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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