He was born the only son of metal works owner Josef Zwierzina. During 1836–1840 he studied on the German gymnasium in Olomouc. Then he studied on the Vienna polytechnical school. In 1844 he began working as a mining clerk in the Rothschild mines in the Ostrava region. In 1858, upon his father's death, he took over managing his father's two mines.
He entered local politics in the 1860s, being elected the first mayor of Moravská Ostrava in 1861 .He also served as a member of the provincial assembly in Brno. During his tenure, he attempted to open an intermediate school, but he was unsuccessful. He did not candidate again in 1865. He was succeeded by Alois Anderka.
- PRZYBYLOVÁ, Blažena; ŠERKA, Josef. Muži s mocí : portréty starostů Moravské Ostravy 1861–1918. 1. vyd. Šenov u Ostravy: Tilia, 1996. ISBN 80-902075-2-9. S. 11–12.
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