Zephaniah Swift

Zephaniah Swift ( born February 27, 1759 in Wareham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, † September 27, 1823 in Warren, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1793 and 1797 he represented the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


During his childhood came Zephaniah Swift with his parents to Lebanon in New London County, Connecticut. There he attended the public schools. Then he studied until 1778 at Yale College. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to practice in his new profession in Windham.

Swift was a supporter of the administration of President George Washington and his Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. It was the end of the 1790s a member of the Federalist Party, founded by Hamilton. Between 1787 and 1793 Swift sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Connecticut; in 1792 he was its president. In the congressional elections of 1792, which were held all across the state of Connecticut, he was elected for the newly created sixth deputy seat of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives. After a re-election in 1794, he could remain until March 3, 1797 Congress.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Swift initially worked as a lawyer again. He also worked as an author of several legal treatises. In 1800, he was secretary at the French embassy; In 1801 he was judge of the Connecticut Supreme Court between 1806 and 1819, he served as Chief Justice presided. In 1814 he was a delegate at a conference in Hartford, deliberated on the New England States about a possible withdrawal from the Union. Thus their opposition to the British -American War of 1812 should be made clear. Swift supported the withdrawal movement, but found no majority. Between 1820 and 1822 Swift was once a deputy in the State Parliament. He died on September 27, 1827 during a visit to Warren ( Ohio).