SWOOPE, JACOB, a Representative from Virginia; born in Philadelphia, Pa., birth date unknown;
attended the common schools; moved to Staunton, Va., in 1789 and engaged in the mercantile
business; held several local offices; elected the first mayor of Staunton under the new charter of 1801;
reelected in 1804; elected as a Federalist to the Eleventh Congress (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1811);
declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1810; died in Staunton, Va., in 1832; interment in
Trinity Episcopal Churchyard.