69th Congress Pictorial Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
SWING, Philip David (1884-1963)

SWING, PHILIP DAVID, a Representative from California; born in San Bernardino, Calif., November 30, 1884; attended the public schools and was graduated from Stanford University in 1905; first lieutenant in the California National Guard 1906-1908; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1907 and commenced practice in San Bernardino; city attorney of Brawley, Calif., in 1908 and 1909; deputy district attorney of Imperial County 1908-1911 and district attorney 1911-1915; chief counsel of the Imperial Irrigation District 1916-1919; judge of the superior court of Imperial County 1919-1921; delegate to the Republican State conventions at Sacramento, Calif., 1920-1932, serving as chairman in 1926; during the First World War served as a private in the Officers Training Camp at Camp Taylor, Ky., in 1918; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1933); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Sixty-ninth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1932; resumed law practice; appointed a member of the California State Water Resources Board (now California Water Commission) in 1945; reappointed in 1950 and served until 1958; died in San Diego, Calif., August 8, 1963; interment in Greenwood Memorial Park.

University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Special Collections University Research Library
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: ca. 1890-1963, 77 linear feet.
The collection consists of correspondence, papers, photographs, and printed material related to Philip David Swing and his career as a U.S. Congressman, California state official, and private attorney. Includes materials related to Swing's involvement with the California State Water Resources Board, Hoover Dam, the All-American Canal System, the Colorado River, and water legislation in California and the west. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

  • Moeller, Beverley B. "Phil Swing in Washington: The Boulder Canyon Project Legislation." Ph.D. diss., University of California, Los Angeles, 1968.