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Excerpt from “History of the North Country
by Harry F. Landon; Published 1932

Transcribed for internet by Anne M. Cady


The following biography is extracted from the “History of the North Country – A History embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York” by Harry F. Landon.  This massive history consists of three large volumes with hundreds of short biographies.  As time permits, I will be transcribing the entries with ties to Saint Lawrence County and putting them online. 


Frederick T. Swan. –

Frederick T. Swan, who is owner and editor of the Potsdam Herald-Recorder, has been an outstanding figure in newspaper work for many years.  He was born in this city, Sept 30, 1872, the son of George B. and Frances N. (Newby) Swan.


George B. Swan, a native of Massachusetts, died at Potsdam in April, 1884.  As a young man he came to this city and engaged in the manufacturing of doors, sashes and blinds, and operated a large planning mill and factory.  He also owned a hardware store.  Mr. Swan was a Republican and served as village trustee and member of the water board.  He held membership in the Universalist Church.  His wife was born at Morley, N.Y. and died in 1914.  Their children were:  1. Jennie A., who died in 1884.  2. George B. Jr., who died in infancy.  3. Frederick T., the subject of this sketch.


Frederick T. Swan is a graduate of Potsdam State Normal School.  He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of Michigan in 1897 and 1898, respectively.  He then taught Latin and Greek in Tome Institute preparatory school at Port Deposit, Md., for three years, after which he returned to the University of Michigan as an instructor in Latin.  He received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy there in 1903 and upon his return to Potsdam became associated in the newspaper business with Henry Baker.  In 1905 they purchased the St. Lawrence Herald and Potsdam Recorder, which were combined by them as the Potsdam-Herald-Recorder.  In 1906, upon the death of Mr. Baker, the publication was conducted by Mr. Swan, and he has continued as editor to the present time.  He is a member of the New York State Press Association, National Editorial Association, and is officially known as the village historian of Potsdam.


In 1907 Mr. Swan married Miss Adelaide Winifred Childs of Ypsilanti, Mich., the daughter of Eugene Childs, who is deceased.


Mr. Swan is a Republican and has held the office of secretary of the Potsdam School Board since 1904.  He is a member of the Rotary Club, Potsdam Club, Potsdam Country Club, Masonic bodies, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


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