Vermont Historical Society
SWIFT, Benjamin (1781-1847)

SWIFT, BENJAMIN, a Representative and a Senator from Vermont; born in Amenia, N.Y., April 3, 1781; moved with his father to Bennington, Vt., in 1786; completed preparatory studies; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1806 and commenced practice in Bennington; moved to Manchester and then to St. Albans in 1809; practiced law and also engaged in banking and agricultural pursuits; member, State house of representatives 1813, 1825, 1826; elected to the Twentieth and Twenty-first Congresses (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1831); was not a candidate for renomination in 1830; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian (later Whig) to the United States Senate served from March 4, 1833, to March 3, 1839; was not a candidate for renomination in 1839; resumed the practice of law and agricultural pursuits; died in St. Albans, Vt., on November 11, 1847; interment in the Old Cemetery, South Main Street.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: Correspondence in James Fisk papers, 1797-1831; Heman Allen papers, 1805-1848; Phineas White papers, 180?-1832; and Jonathan Hatch Hubbard papers, 1802-1832, all available on microfilm of originals in Vermont State Archives.

University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library
Burlington, VT
Papers: 1 account book.

Vermont Historical Society
Montpelier, VT
Papers: 3 inches. Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence, including a 772-page notebook of notes from Tappan Reeve law lectures and a letter (1838) describing duel between Congressmen Jonathan Cilly and William J. Graves. Finding aid.

  • Smith, Worthington. A Discourse, Delivered November 17, 1847, at the Interment of the Hon. Benjamin Swift, Late a U.S. Senator from the State of Vermont. St. Albans, VT: E.B. Whiting, 1848.