Claude A. Swanson, Governor, U.S. Senator

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Claudius Augustus "Claude" Swanson

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of John Muse Swanson and Catherine Rebecca "Kate" Swanson
Husband of Elizabeth Lyons Swanson
Brother of William Graves Swanson; John Pritchett Swanson; Annie Blanche Swanson; Sallie Hill Swanson; Julia Benson Swanson and 1 other

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About Claude A. Swanson, Governor, U.S. Senator

Claude Augustus Swanson (March 31, 1862 – July 7, 1939) was an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician from Virginia.

He served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1893 until 1906, was the 45th Governor of Virginia from 1906 until 1910, and represented Virginia as a United States Senator from 1910 until 1933. Swanson lived most of his life at his estate Eldon in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, built by the Whittle family for whom Chatham's Whittle Street is named.

He was Secretary of the Navy under Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 until his death at age 77.


The Swanson Middle School in Arlington, Virginia is named for him.

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