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SWIFT, JIREH son of Jireh and Elizabeth Hathaway Swift was born at Acushnet March 7 1809. He began his business career there with Obed and Gideon Nye his father going out of the firm of Swift & Nye when he was admitted in 1830 They did a general merehandise business In 1842 he with Frederiek S Allen under the name of Swift & Allen started in the ship ehandlery and whaling business in Parker's block at the foot of Middle street remaining there for 25 years when they removed their offiee to Taber's wharf At one time Swift & Allen were among the largest agents and owners of whaleships in the eity The firm was dissolved in 1804. Mr Swift was a director in the Mechanies National bank for 47 yeans, also a director in the Pacific insurance Co Commercial insurance Co Mutual Marine Insurance Co New Bedford Copper Works and the Gosnold mills. He was president of the Board of Trade from 1886 to 1888 and president of the Port society for 12 years. Mr Swift took a lively interest in politics but had no desire for public office He moved from Acushnet to New Bedford in 1864 where he died at the advanced age of 96. He was a man honored and respected for his sterling qualities of character.