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John Jackson McSwain (May 1, 1875 – August 6, 1936) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

John Jackson McSwain
John Jackson McSwain.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1921 – August 6, 1936
Preceded bySamuel J. Nicholls
Succeeded byGabriel H. Mahon, Jr.
Personal details
BornMay 1, 1875
Cross Hill, South Carolina
DiedAugust 6, 1936(1936-08-06) (aged 61)
Columbia, South Carolina
Resting placeSpringwood Cemetery
Greenville, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materUniversity of South Carolina
ProfessionAttorney
CommitteesHouse Military Affairs Committee[1]
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1917 – 1919
RankCaptain
Unit154th Infantry
Battles/warsFirst World War

Born on a farm near Cross Hill, South Carolina, McSwain attended the public schools. He graduated from Wofford College Fitting School in 1893 and from the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1897. He taught school in Marlboro, Abbeville, and Anderson Counties. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in Greenville, South Carolina. He served as a referee in bankruptcy from 1912-1917. He entered the officers' training camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, May 12, 1917, and served in the First World War as captain of Company A, One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Infantry, until March 6, 1919, when he was honorably discharged. He resumed the practice of law in Greenville, South Carolina.

McSwain was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1921, until his death. He served as chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs (Seventy-second through Seventy-fourth Congresses). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1936. He died in Columbia, South Carolina, on August 6, 1936. He was interred in Springwood Cemetery, Greenville, South Carolina.

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SourcesEdit

  • United States Congress. "John J. McSwain (id: M000604)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Milestones, Aug. 17, 1936". Time. August 17, 1936. Retrieved 2 May 2010.

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