John Swift (politician)

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John Swift (27 June 1790, in Philadelphia – 9 June 1873, in Philadelphia) was an American lawyer and politician and long-time mayor of Philadelphia. He was admitted to the bar in 1810. He was a leader of the Whigs of Philadelphia and served as mayor 1832–1838, 1839–1841, and 1845–1849. In 1840, Swift became the first mayor to be elected in popular elections. He is buried at Christ Church Burial Ground.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Wood Richards
Mayor of Philadelphia
1832–1838
Succeeded by
Isaac Roach
Preceded by
Isaac Roach
Mayor of Philadelphia
1839–1841
Succeeded by
John Morin Scott
Preceded by
Peter McCall
Mayor of Philadelphia
1845–1849
Succeeded by
Joel Jones