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George Bell Swift

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George Bell Swift
34th Mayor of Chicago
In office
November 9, 1893 – December 27, 1893 (serving pro tem for the assassinated Carter Harrison, Sr.)
Preceded byCarter Harrison, Sr.
Succeeded byJohn Patrick Hopkins
36th Mayor of Chicago
In office
April 8, 1895 – April 15, 1897
Preceded byJohn Patrick Hopkins
Succeeded byCarter Harrison, Jr.
Personal details
Born(1845-12-14)December 14, 1845
Cincinnati, Ohio
DiedJuly 2, 1912(1912-07-02) (aged 66)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lucy L. Brown
ChildrenBrown F. Swift, Herbert B. Swift, George L. Swift, Grace Bell Bachelder, Adelaide Pearl Taylor, Eldred B. Swift, Edith L. Swift
ResidenceChicago, 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. p. 560.