Biography of Reuben Swartout
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Swarthout, Reuben, was born in the town of Danby, March 11, 1826. His early education was obtained in the district schools, which he soon left and learned the blacksmith trade, which he followed up to 1887, in the mean time spending four years in California, taking the trip via the Isthmus of Panama, and making the journey in twenty eight days. Returning he bought a farm of Luther Wright of 100 acres, which he sold in 1867, and bought the old Mahlon La Rue farm of 150 acres, which he rents. A Democrat in politics, Mr. Swarthout takes an active interest in educational and church matters. He is known in his neighborhood as a conservative man, who has made a success of farming.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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