|Claude Augustus Swanson|
|45th United States Secretary of the Navy|
March 5, 1933 – July 7, 1939
|President||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Preceded by||Charles F. Adams III|
|Succeeded by||Charles Edison|
|United States Senator|
August 1, 1910 – March 4, 1933
|Preceded by||John W. Daniel|
|Succeeded by||Harry F. Byrd|
|45th Governor of Virginia|
February 1, 1906 – February 10, 1910
|Lieutenant||James Taylor Ellyson|
|Preceded by||Andrew J. Montague|
|Succeeded by||William H. Mann|
|Member of the United States House of Representatives|
March 4, 1893 – January 30, 1906
|Preceded by||Posey G. Lester|
|Succeeded by||Edward W. Saunders|
|Born||March 31, 1862|
Swansonville, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||July 7, 1939 (aged 77)|
Rapidan Camp, Virginia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Deane Lyons|
|Alma mater||Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College|
University of Virginia
|Profession||Politician, Lawyer, Teacher|
Claude Augustus Swanson (March 31, 1862 – July 7, 1939) was an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician from Virginia.
He served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1893 until 1906, was the 45th Governor of Virginia from 1906 until 1910, and represented Virginia as a United States Senator from 1910 until 1933. Swanson lived most of his life at his estate Eldon in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, built by the Whittle family for whom Chatham's Whittle Street is named.
Swanson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 53.91% of the vote, defeating Populist Benjamin T. Jones.
Swanson was re-elected with 52.34% of the vote, defeating Republican G.W.Cornett, Independent G.W. Hale, and Populist W.T. Shelton.
Swanson was re-elected with 50.98% of the vote, defeating Republican John Robert Brown.
Swanson was re-elected with 57.02% of the vote, defeating Republican Edmund Parr, Populist R.A. Bennett, Independent Republican R.O. Martin, and Independent C.T. Seay
Swanson was re-elected with 58.14% of the vote, defeating Republican John R. Whitehead.
Swanson was re-elected with 60.8% of the vote, defeating Republican Beverly A. Davis and Populist Dan Dickerson.
Swanson was re-elected with 64.98% of the vote, defeating Republican J.B. Stovall.
Swanson was elected Governor of Virginia with 64.51% of the vote, defeating Republican Lewis L. Lunsford and Socialist Labor B.D. Downey.
The Swanson Middle School in Arlington, Virginia is named for him.
- Claude A. Swanson of Virginia: A Political Biography, Henry C. Ferrell Jr., The University Press of Kentucky, 1985
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Claude A. Swanson.
- Claude A. Swanson at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2009-05-16
- "Claude A. Swanson". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23257. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- A Guide to the Executive Papers of Governor Claude A. Swanson, 1902-1913 (bulk 1906-1909) at The Library of Virginia
United States House of Representatives Preceded by
Posey G. Lester
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th congressional district
March 4, 1893 - January 30, 1906
Edward W. Saunders
Political offices Preceded by
Andrew J. Montague
Governor of Virginia
February 1, 1906 - February 10, 1910
William H. Mann
United States Senate Preceded by
John W. Daniel
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Virginia
August 1, 1910 - March 4, 1933
Served alongside: Thomas S. Martin, E. Carter Glass
Harry F. Byrd
Government offices Preceded by
Charles F. Adams III
United States Secretary of the Navy
March 6, 1933 - July 7, 1939
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