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James J. Swofford

James J. Swofford was born in Franklin County, Illinois, August 25, 1852.  His boyhood days were spent on a farm, and what education he received was in the district schools and in the public schools of Benton, Ill., where the family moved from the country.  His father died when the boy was only eight years old, leaving a wife and four children.  The young John went to work in a dry goods store when thirteen, and has ever been engaged in that business ever since.  At the age of twenty-three, having saved up what money he could, he and his brother, B. S. Swofford, went into business for themselves in Shawneetown, Ill., $1,600 being the amount of their capital.  Ten years they remained there, and then they came to Kansas City.  In 1897 the Swofford Bros. Dry Goods Company was incorporated, and to-day the capitalization is for $1,000,000.

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     Mr. Swofford was appointed a member of the Park Board in April, 1901, is chairman of the Finance Committee to erect a home for the Manufacturers' Association, and was chairman of the committee that secured the Democratic National Convention.  He is a director in the Commercial Club, belongs to the Evanston Golf Club, is a director in the Bank of Commerce, and is also a Mason, a Knight Templar, and a Shriner.

     He married Miss Fay R. Powell in Shawneetown October 2, 1877.  They have three children, Ralph P., Helen, and J. J. Jr.
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