George Bell Swift

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George Bell Swift
34th Mayor of Chicago
In office
1893 – 1893 (serving pro tem for the assassinated Carter Harrison, Sr.)
Preceded by Carter Harrison, Sr.
Succeeded by John Patrick Hopkins
36th Mayor of Chicago
In office
1895–1897
Preceded by John Patrick Hopkins
Succeeded by Carter Harrison, Jr.
Personal details
Born December 14, 1845(1845-12-14)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died July 2, 1912(1912-07-02) (aged 66)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lucy L. Brown
Children Brown F. Swift, Herbert B. Swift, George L. Swift, Grace Bell Bachelder, Adelaide Pearl Taylor, Eldred B. Swift, Edith L. Swift
Residence Chicago, Illinois

George Bell Swift (December 14, 1845 – July 2, 1912) served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1893; 1895–1897) for the Republican Party. He was selected to replace the assassinated Carter Harrison, Sr. as Mayor pro tem in 1893 and lost his re-election bid. He was re-elected when he ran in 1895.

Swift was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Samuel W. Swift and Elizabeth Swift (born Bell). His family moved to Galena, Illinois when he was young. By his teenage years, the family was living in Chicago. Prior to serving as mayor of Chicago, Swift served two terms as an alderman. From 1887 to 1889, he was the city's Commissioner of Public Works.[1] Swift died on July 2, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois from a heart attack, aged 66.

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  1. Leonard, John W. (1902). The Book of Chicagoans. Chicago: A.N. Marquis & Co.. pp. 560.