Benjamin Harrison Swig

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Benjamin Harrison Swig

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Taunton, MA, United States
Death: October 31, 1980 (86)
Immediate Family:

Son of Simon Swig and Fannie Levy Swig
Husband of Mae Swig
Father of Melvin Swig and Richard Lewis Swig
Brother of Louis Hirsch Swig; Edward J. Swig; Rebecca Swig Kapstein; Gertrude Greenberg; Israel C. Swig and 5 others

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About Benjamin Harrison Swig

Benjamin Harrison Swig (1893-1980) was a real estate entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Born in Massachusetts, he became a bank treasurer when he was nineteen years old. In the 1920s, he went into real estate. Following the Great Depression, he specialized in making business arrangements for department stores. By the 1940s, Swig and his partner, J.D. Weiler, were among the biggest real estate operators in the U.S. In 1946, Swig settled in San Francisco and established himself as one of the city's leading businessmen. He invested in the city's premier hotels, including the Fairmont Hotel, and in high-rise developments downtown. Hundreds of organizations benefited from his generosity. He gave millions of dollars to Jewish, Catholic, and secular colleges and universities, hospitals, and social service agencies; to the U.S. military; and to numerous city funds for youth groups, including the Columbia Park Boys' Club and to Boys' Town in Italy. He was knighted by the pope for his contributions to Catholic causes. He also contributed to Israeli institutions and was active in Democratic Party campaigns; was a civilian aide to the secretary of the Sixth U.S. Army, and a president of the San Francisco Chapter of the U.S. Army Association. The Judah L. Magnes Museum's Western Jewish History Center, in Berkeley, California, has a large collection of archival materials relating to Benjamin Swig. It contains numerous plaques, honorary degrees, certificates and awards that he received; correspondence with family and friends, including some with close friends Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren and California governor Edmund G. Pat Brown; photographs; Freemason certificates; and newspaper clippings.


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Benjamin Harrison Swig's Timeline

November 17, 1893
Taunton, MA, United States
July 31, 1917
Age 23
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
May 26, 1925
Age 31
October 31, 1980
Age 86