Philetus Swift


Philetus Swift

Philetus Swift (June 26, 1763 Kent, Litchfield County, Connecticut - July 24, 1828 Phelps, Ontario County, New York) was an American politician.

Life

He was the son of Elisha Swift (b. 1731) and Mary Ransom (b. 1738). On April 4, 1786, he married his first wife Electra Goodrich in Sharon, Connecticut. On May 22, 1793, he married his second wife Sally Deane (1774-1820?) in Phelps, N.Y., and their son was Deane Swift (1794-1818). On November 26, 1823, he married his third wife Fanny (or Fauna, Fawnia, Faunia) Cole (ca. 1792-1880), and their daughter was Electra Jane Swift (1825-1904).

He was a member of the New York State Assembly from Genesee, Ontario and Allegany Counties in 1807 and 1808, and from Ontario County in 1823.

He fought in the War of 1812, and became a lieutenant colonel.

He was a member from the Western District of the New York State Senate from 1810 to 1815 and from 1816 to 1818. In February 1817, when John Tayler became Acting Governor of New York after the resignation of Daniel D. Tompkins, Swift was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate and was Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York until July 1, 1817.

He was buried at the Pioneer Cemetery at Phelps, N.Y.

ources

* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/sweetland-swinburne.html] Political Graveyard
* [http://books.google.com/books?id=E3sFAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA121 Google Book] "The New York Civil List" compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 121ff, 180f, 199f; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)* [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.connecticut.counties.litchfield/796/mb.ashx] Cole genealogy
* [http://raims.com/historian/burials.html] Burial records
* [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~abbefamily/big1/pafg1517.htm] Swift/Cole genealogy, at RootsWeb
* [http://books.google.com/books?hl=pt-BR&id=LBEoAAAAMAAJ&dq=philetus+swift+lieutenent+governor&q=philetus+swift&pgis=1] "The Regents of the University of the State of New York: 1784-1959" compiled by Albert Bickmore Corey (University of the State of New York, 1959; page 31)


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