Nathan Swartz

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Nathan Swartz (July 1902 - ?) was an American shoemaker and businessman, and the founder of The Timberland Company.

Nathan Swartz was born in July 1902 in Odessa, Russian Empire, the fourth generation of a family of shoemakers.[1] Soon before the First World War, the family migrated to the US.[1]

Swartz started as an apprentice in a New York shoe repair shop. In 1952, he bought a 50% stake in the Abington Shoe Company, in Massachusetts, which later became Timberland.[1][2]

Swartz lost several fingers in an industrial accident.[2]

Swartz retired in 1968.[3]

He had two sons, Herman and Sidney.

His son Sidney W. Swartz went on to be CEO from 1986 to 1998, when his son Jeffrey Swartz took over.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c "Russian Heritage Museum: Nathan Swartz". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Clark, Andrew (18 March 2010). "Timberland boss Jeffrey Swartz puts the boot in – over his own failures". Retrieved 12 October 2017 – via
  3. ^ "The Timberland Company facts, information, pictures - articles about The Timberland Company". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ Schechter, Asher (16 March 2012). "Meet the Jewish Billionaire Who Studies Torah Every Morning". Retrieved 12 October 2017 – via Haaretz.
  5. ^ "Sidney W. Swartz: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 12 October 2017.