Biography of Ezra J. Swift
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Swift, Ezra J., son of Solomon and Hulda C. (Hinckley) Swift, was born in Falmouth. Barnstable county, Mass., August 6, 1841. His father, a seafaring man, was master of a vessel in the coastwise trade. When Mr. Swift reached the age of ten he went to live with a relative in Centreville, Barnstable county, where he attended the district schools and worked on the farm until sixteen years old, when he went to sea and, at the end of seven years' experience, became first mate of a coasting vessel. During the Civil war he served on transports, chartered by the government, in the Mississippi River, at Hampton Roads, and Newport News, and although not an enlisted man, was a witness of much fighting. After leaving the sea he took up his residence in New Bedford and for the past twenty nine years has been agent for New Bedford and vicinity of the Fleishman Yeast Company. Mr. Swift has been active in Young Men's Christian Association work and is now a director of the association; for years he has been an active and valued member of the North Christian Church and is now serving the society as trustee and treasurer. He married, in 1867, Elizabeth S., daughter of Randall Deane, of Middleborough, Mass., and they have two children: Merton W. and Nellie H., wife of Charles R. Hathaway of New Bedford.

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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