Benjamin Swift

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Benjamin Swift
United States Senator
from Vermont
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 4, 1839
Preceded by Horatio Seymour
Succeeded by Samuel S. Phelps
Personal details
Born (1781-04-03)April 3, 1781
Amenia, New York, U.S.
Died November 11, 1847(1847-11-11) (aged 66)
St. Albans, Vermont, U.S.
Political party Democratic-Republican, National Republican, Whig
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Banker, Farmer

Benjamin Swift (April 3, 1781 – November 11, 1847) was a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator and lawyer from Vermont.

Swift was born in Amenia, New York. He moved with his father to Bennington, Vermont at the age of 5. In 1809 he moved to St. Albans, Vermont and became an important lawyer, banker and farmer in that area. He immediately became active in politics, serving in the Vermont House of Representatives during 1813. He again served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1825 to 1827. He then served in the United States House of Representatives from Vermont from 1827 to 1831 and as a member of the United States Senate from Vermont from 1833 to 1839. Swift was not renominated for a second term in the Senate and returned to St. Albans, where he continued to work as a lawyer and farmer until his death. While in Congress, Swift was a strong opponent of President Andrew Jackson and helped found the Whig Party.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ezra Meech
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1827 – March 4, 1831 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Heman Allen
United States Senate
Preceded by
Horatio Seymour
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Vermont
March 4, 1833 – March 4, 1839
Served alongside: Samuel Prentiss
Succeeded by
Samuel S. Phelps