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Biographical Sketch of Col. George R. Swallow

Col. George R. Swallow

Col. George R. Swallow - was born in Greene County, Ill., Aug, 21, 1839. His parents, Ransom and Sophia Swallow, were natives of Vermont. They were of Scotch and German extraction.

Col. Swallow's father settled in Greene County, Ill., in 1827, and became soon after, engaged in the merchandise and milling business. His father died in Manchester, Ill., in 1844, and his mother in 1893.

Col. Swallow received his early education in the common schools of Manchester, Ill., and when only fourteeen years of age, he set out to do for himself, with the small fortune of $10.00 in his pocket. He first began to clerk in Mr. Samuel Simm's drug store in Winchester, Scott County, Ill., remaining there about 14 months, next went to Alton, Ill., clerking in the Post Office. After clerking here about 6 months he went to Jerseyville.

In the fall of 1860, he went to Centralia, Ill., and in March 1861, moved to Viincennes, Ind. In Aug. 1861, he enlisted as a Private in the 7th Reg. Ind. Inft. In Nov.. 1861, he was promoted to the First Lieutenancy, for bravery, and meritorious services at the Battle of Shiloh, he was commissioned as Captain of a Battery, by Gov. Morton in person.

He continued to hold command of that battery until Sherman's March to Altanta, and was then promoted to Major of the 10th Indiana Cavalry. He was wounded in the Battle of Nashville, and sent to his home in Illinois, but the wound not proving mortal, he was soon promoted to Lieut. Col., and for further meritorious bravery, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel. He participated in many hard fought and bloody battles, prominent among which were Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge and Nashville, Tenn., with numerous other skirmishes. He remained in the service until Sept. 5, 1865, when he was honorably discharged. His war record is good, and reflects great credit on him.

In Oct., 1866 he was married to Miss Hannah V. Davis, daughter of Abijah and Eliza A. Davis, of Jerseyville, Ill.

In 1866, Col. Swallow formed a partnership with Hugh N. Cross, and established a banking house under the firm name of Cross & Swallow. They bought out the banking house of D'Arch & Cheney. They continued here until 1872, when Mr. Swallow retired from the firm, selling his interest to Walter E. Carlin and A. W. Cross.

In 1873, he went to Trinidad, Colo., where in connection with John W. Terry, organized a private bank under the firm name of Swallow & Terry.

In November 1884, he was elected Treasurer of the State of Colorado, and removed to Denver, where he has since resided, with the exception of three years spent in foreign travel.

He is now President of the Denver Savings Bank, Denver, Colo.

Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]