Moses Swaim (1788 - 1870)

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Birthplace: Randolph, NC, USA
Death: Died in St Joseph, IN, USA
Occupation: Farmer, attorney, clerk of the court
Managed by: Myrna Huthmacher, (C)
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About Moses Swaim

Moses Swaim, a Randolph County farmer who served as county commissioner, attorney and clerk of superior court, was the first president of the North Carolina Manumission Society. Like many Quakers who favored manumission, Moses Swaim eventually moved to Indiana.

At that first meeting (of the North Carolina Manumission Society) says Levi Coffin in his autobiographical Reminiscences, Moses Swaim, “a lawyer of Randolph County, delivered a lengthy and able address, which was afterward printed and widely circulated. It was a strong abolition speech, and would not have been allowed a few years later.” (p.74)


  1. 1.4 The Quakers and anti-slavery Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, The Reputed President of the Underground Railroad, 2d ed. (Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., 1880), pp. 73–76.
  2. Swaim, Lyndon (1812-1893) Architect


  1. Dictionary of North Carolina Biography: Vol. 5, P-S. edited by William S. Powell. Page 481
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Moses Swaim's Timeline

December 31, 1788
Randolph, NC, USA
February 5, 1812
Age 23
Randolph Co., NC
December 15, 1812
Age 23
Randolph, North Carolina, United States
July 30, 1814
Age 25
April 5, 1816
Age 27
March 5, 1818
Age 29
March 10, 1820
Age 31
January 26, 1822
Age 33
Randolph, NC, USA
February 21, 1826
Age 37
February 23, 1826
Age 37