Correspondence to Henry Charles Lea, 1888-1895.
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James M. Swank was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., on July 12, 1832, and grew up in Johnstown. In 1852 he became editor of the local Whig newspaper, reorganized it as a daily, the JOHNSTOWN TRIBUNE, and became sole owner in 1864. From 1869 to 1871 he served as clerk of the U.S. House Committee on Manufactures, under the patronage of Rep. Daniel J. Morrell, a Johnstown steelmaker. He then became a clerk in the Department of Agriculture and produced the first published history of th...