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Louis Franklin Swift

Birthplace: Bourne, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Chicago, Cook, IL, USA
Place of Burial: Lake Forest, Lake, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Gustavus Franklin Swift and Ann (Annie) Mariah Swift
Husband of Ida May Swift
Father of Nathaniel Butler Swift
Brother of Edward Foster Swift; Lincoln Foster Swift; Anne May Swift; Helen Louise Neilson; Charles Henry Swift and 5 others

Occupation: president
Managed by: Private User
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About Louis Franklin Swift


Funeral services for Louis Franklin Swift, former president and chairman of the board of Swift & Co., will be held at 3:30 p.m. today in the Lake Forest Presbyterian church. The services will be conducted by the Rev. W. Oliver Brackett. The body will be placed in the Swift family mausoleum in Lake Forest cemetery. Mr. Swift died yesterday morning in the Chicago Memorial hospital, at the age of 75. He had been a patient there for a number of weeks, but his condition was not regarded as critical until shortly before his death. He retired from the packing company, which under his leadership became the world's largest concern in its field, in 1932. Since then he had passed his time in Europe and at his home in Santa Barbara, Cal.

Mr. Swift was trained in the packing business from boyhood by his father, Gustavus F. Swift, founder of Swift & Co. Born on Sept. 27, 1861, in Sagamore, Cape Cod, Mass., of Mayflower stock, young Swift's first experience in the family business came at the age of 9 or 10, when he held a lantern while his father dressed a steer. The family moved to Chicago in 1875 and the packing business was started. Under his father's supervision young Louis was installed as head of the pork department. His brothers, Edward and Charles, looked after the cattle and sheep divisions.

Louis Swift served as treasurer of the company after 1885, when the business was incorporated, and in those early years had much to do with development of the by-product business which was the secret of the Chicago packers' early success. He became president on his father's death in 1903 and occupied that post until he became chairman of the board in 1931, a year before his retirement. With his brothers Mr. Swift took an active part in the expansion of the packing business made possible by extension of the railroads and development of the refrigerator car, permitting shipments of fresh dressed meats. As a result of its experience in the refrigeration field, Swift & Co. built one of the first air conditioned office buildings in the world, more than 25 years ago, to house its headquarters at the Chicago stockyards.

Mr. Swift married Ida May Butler in 1880. She died in 1922. They had six children, of whom only two survive.

Source: newspaper clipping (name currently unknown) http://kalloch.org/obits_s.htm

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Louis Franklin Swift's Timeline

September 27, 1861
Bourne, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Age 18
July 1, 1881
Age 19
Chicago, Cook, IL, USA
May 12, 1937
Age 75
Chicago, Cook, IL, USA
May 13, 1937
Age 75
Lake Forest, Lake, Illinois, United States
- present
Chicago, Illinois, United States