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King Swope (August 10, 1893 – April 23, 1961) was a United States Representative from Kentucky. He was born in Danville, Kentucky. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky in 1914 and from the law department of the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1916. He was admitted to the bar in 1915 and commenced practice in Lexington, Kentucky.

King Swope
King Swope.jpg
King Swope, c. 1919
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 8th district
In office
August 1, 1919 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byHarvey Helm
Succeeded byRalph Waldo Emerson Gilbert
Personal details
Born(1893-08-10)August 10, 1893
Danville, Kentucky
DiedApril 23, 1961(1961-04-23) (aged 67)
Lexington, Kentucky
Resting placeLexington Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Alma materCentre College
University of Kentucky
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Battles/warsWorld War I

Swope enlisted and served during the First World War as captain of Infantry. He was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Harvey Helm (August 1, 1919 – March 3, 1921). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-seventh Congress in 1920.

Swope was appointed aide-de-camp with the rank of colonel on the staff of Governor Edwin P. Morrow in 1919 before resuming the practice of law. He was the chairman of the Republican executive committee of Fayette County, Kentucky 1928-1931 and was appointed and subsequently elected a judge of the circuit court of the twenty-second judicial district of Kentucky and served from 1931 to 1940. He was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for Governor of Kentucky in 1935 and 1939. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1936, 1940, and 1944 and chairman of the Republican State convention in 1936. He was also a member of the judicial council of Kentucky 1931-1940. He died in Lexington, Kentucky in 1961 and was buried at Lexington Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "King Swope (id: S001129)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harvey Helm
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 8th congressional district

August 1, 1919 – March 3, 1921
Succeeded by
Ralph Waldo Emerson Gilbert
Party political offices
Preceded by
William B. Harrison
Republican nominee for Governor of Kentucky
1935, 1939
Succeeded by
Simeon S. Willis

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