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Claude Augustus Swanson

In office
March 6, 1933 – July 7, 1939
Preceded by Charles F. Adams III
Succeeded by Charles Edison

Born March 31, 1862(1862-03-31)
Swansonville, Virginia, USA
Died July 7, 1939 (aged 77)
Rapidan Camp, Virginia, USA
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Deane Lyons Swanson
Alma mater Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College
Randolph-Macon 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 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.[1]

He was Secretary of the Navy under Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 until his death in 1939.


The Swanson Middle School, in Arlington, Virginia is named for him.


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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
Succeeded by
Edward W. Saunders
Political offices
Preceded by
Andrew J. Montague
Governor of Virginia
February 1, 1906 - February 10, 1910
Succeeded by
William H. Mann
United States Senate
Preceded by
John W. Daniel
United States Senator (Class 1) from Virginia
August 1, 1910 - March 3, 1933
Served alongside: Thomas S. Martin, E. Carter Glass
Succeeded by
Harry F. Byrd
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles F. Adams III
United States Secretary of the Navy
March 6, 1933 - July 7, 1939
Succeeded by
Frank Knox


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