Eben Swift (1854 - d.)

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Eben Swift was a Major General in the United States Army.


Swift was born on May 11, 1854 at Fort Chadbourne to Captain Ebenezer Swift and his wife, Sarah. He would attend Racine College, Washington University in St. Louis, and Dickinson College. On May 18, 1880 he married Susan Bonaparte Palmer, daughter of Brigadier General Innis N. Palmer, and had five children. Their son, Innis P. Swift, would also become a Major General. One of the daughters, Clara, would marry Brigadier General Evan Harris Humphrey. Swift died on April 25, 1938 in Washington, D.C.. He, along with Susan, his father and mother-in-law, Clara, and Evan, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


Swift graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1876. He would serve in the Spanish-American War and the Pancho Villa Expedition. Swift was named commander of Camp Gordon in 1917. Later he served as Director of the United States Army War College. During World War I he commanded the 82nd Division. Following the war he would become commanding officer of U.S. Forces in Italy. He would retire in 1918.

Camp Swift, Texas is named for him.

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