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Simon Swig

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Prienai, Prienai District Municipality, Kaunas County, Lithuania
Death: July 10, 1939 (77)
Chase Convalescent Home, Taunton, Bristol, MA (Generalized Arterio-sclerosis and essential hypertension-- Coronary occlusion. Chronic cardial decompensation)
Place of Burial: Taunton, MA
Immediate Family:

Son of Elias Swig / Cwi / Cvi and Dora Swig
Husband of Fannie Levy Swig
Father of Louis Hirsch Swig; Edward J. Swig; Rebecca Swig Kapstein; Gertrude Greenberg; Israel C. Swig and 6 others
Brother of Fannie Silverman; Esther Goldstein; Rose Swig and Ann Segal

Occupation: Insurance Broker
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About Simon Swig

Marriage: Copy of marriage record 1881-Roll #39-Volume 327- Page 79- #1407- from the Massachusetts Archive in Boston. Date of marriage- June 7, 1881 Simon Swig- Resides in Boston- age 19-Pedler- Born in Poland- Parents are Elias & Annie Fannie Levi- Resides in Boston- age 17- Born in Poland- Parents are Israel & Sarah First marriage for both Married by Edwin W. Brown Esq. Justice of the Peace.

Certified copy of a Standard Certificate of Death from the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics in Boston, MA: Taunton- 1939- Volume 83- Page 274. Registered # 424 Place of death- Chase Convalescent Home, Taunton, Bristol County, Mass. Full name- Simon Swig Residence- 48 Broadway, Taunton, Mass. Male- White- Widowed Name of wife- Fannie Levy Age- 76Yrs Occupation- Insurance broker Last worked in 1937 and spent 10 years in his occupation. Birthplace- Pren, Russia Name of father- Elias Swig born in Russia Maiden name of mother- Dora (cannot be learned), born in Russia Informant- Ida Malloy, Brookline, Mass.- Daughter Date of death- July 30, 1939 Cause of death- Generalized Arterio-sclerosis and essential hypertension-- Coronary occlusion. Chronic cardial decompensation. Place and date of burial- Mt. Nebo, Taunton, Mass.- August 1, 1939 Name of undertaker- Benjamin F. Solomon, Brookline

For Pren, Russia (Prienai, Lithuania), see

In the 1890 Boston, Massachusetts Directory, Simon was listed as working as a grocer. The 1890 Cambridge Directory lists him as working as a clerk in a clothing store. The 1893 directory listed him as working as a clerk while living in Taunton, MA.

The 1900 census lists Simon as living in Taunton and being born in May, 1864, married in 1881, and naturalized in 1880. It lists him and his parents as having come from Russia/Poland. His profession is listed as junk dealer. He could read, write and speak English. He owned his own home and had a mortgage on it. He lived with his wife Fannie and children Rebecca S., Hyman, Edward J., Israel, Benjamin, Ida, Hirsch and George D.

The 1910 census lists Simon as a wholesale junk dealer, selling his wares from a wagon. It says he immigrated from Russia in 1879 and lived in Taunton, MA with his wife Fannie and his children Lewis, Hyman B., Edward J., Gertrude, Israel C., Benjamin H., Ida B., Hirsch M., George D. and Howard R. According to this census, Simon was born in 1865.

1920 census lists Simon as living with his family (Fannie, Lewis Hirsh, George, Howard, and Ida, as well as Ida's husband Meyer Malloy and also Joel Shapiro and Mary Kermyer) at 194 Humboldt Avenue, Boston, MA, a house that he owned. Simon Swig became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1886. He worked as a banker at this time. His first language was Yiddish. His estimated birth year in this census is 1866.

The Jewish Advocate, Boston, Mass Roll 22, Jan-Dec1939 Friday, August 4, 1939 SIMON SWIG DIES AT AGE OF 76 Simon Swig. long active in Massachusetts political affairs and in banking circles, passed away last Sunday in Taunton at the age of 76. Swig, who had held public office for many years, both in Taunton and state-wide, was the center of controversy in 1921 when the Tremont Trust Company, of which he was founder, closed. Mr. Swig was active in Jewish affairs, was one of the original founders of the Beth Israel Hospital and served both as president and treasurer of the institution, rendering considerable aid. He arrived in this country in his youth and became a peddler in New Hampshire. Later he opened a dry goods store in Cambridge and then moved to Taunton. He served six terms as alderman in Taunton, chairman and treasurer of the Republican city committee, and went to the state legislature for two terms from that district. He served three more terms in the House of Representatives from Roxbury and held a position as a state hospital trustee for fifteen years under three governors. Mr. Swig's great interest in banking and his attempts to remove legal restrictions to raising the interest rate on deposits kept him in the public eye as well as earned for him the antagonism of more conservative bankers. Swig charged that the closing of the Tremont Trust Company was a conspiracy because of his activity in seeking higher interest rates for depositors. He leaves nine childen, Dr.Hyman B. Swig of Brookline, Benjamin H. Swig of Brookline, Hirsch M. Swig of Newton, Edward J. Swig of Dorchester, George D. Swig of Dorchester, Howard D. Swig of Nutley, N.J., Mrs. Rebecca Kapstein of Brookline, , Mrs. Gertrude Greenberg of Elmhurst, L.I., and Mrs. Ida Malloy of Hamilton, Bermuda. His wife, Mrs. Pearl Fanny Swig, died in 1934. Services were held Tuesday at Temple Agudath Achim, Taunton. Among prominent persons who attended the funeral were Judge John Sullivan of Taunton District Court, Mayor Arthur E. Poole of Taunton, Deputy Commissioner of Correction, Walter Ryan, Clerk Edmund J. Hoy of Boston Municpial Civil Court, State Senator Edward J. Carroll of Soth Boston, Judge Emil Fuchs, former president of the Boston National Baseball Company and later chairman of the Massachusetts unemployment Compensation Commission; Edward Cunningham, former secretry of the Braves and associate of Judge Fuchs; Abraham Snider, Boston hotel proprietor; former state Senator Michael Ward of Brighton, Attorney Michael Rudnick and Myer Navison of New Bedford. Pall bearers were Arthur Schactman, John Rudnick, John Talbot, Lester Franklin, Arthur Gordon and Theodore Siegal.

Simon Swig served five years in the Massachusetts House,

representing Taunton 1905-06, and Boston 1916-1918.

He brought his parents to America in the 1880s.

He founded the Tremont Trust Co. bank.

Simon Swig (1862 in Pren, Lithuania - July 30, 1939 in Taunton, Massachusetts) was an American banker, politician and philanthropist.

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Simon Swig's Timeline

Prienai, Prienai District Municipality, Kaunas County, Lithuania
July 30, 1882
Age 20
Boston, MA, United States
January 1884
Age 22
Boston, MA, United States
August 11, 1886
Age 24
Boston, MA, United States
March 1888
Age 26
Boston, MA, United States
Age 27
Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
December 3, 1890
Age 28
Cambridge, MA, United States
November 17, 1893
Age 31
Taunton, MA, United States
October 8, 1895
Age 33
Taunton, MA, United States