SWIFT, TIMOTHY (1779–?). Timothy Swift, representative to the Second and Third congresses of the Republic of Texas, was born on June 6, 1779, in Massachusetts. He probably came to Texas with his younger brother Seth about 1836. After Samuel S. Lewis died, Swift was elected to represent Jasper County in the adjourned session of the Second Congress of the republic in 1838. He also sat in the Third Congress the following year. In 1839 Swift secured the mail contract from Salem to Jasper. The last extant record of him is a letter he wrote from New Orleans to Mirabeau B. Lamar on April 18, 1839. In it Swift reflected a considerable knowledge of naval affairs in recommending British naval officer Lt. George H. Rankin for an appointment to the Texas Navy. Swift also mentioned having secured the support of Barnard E. Bee, Sr., for the nomination.
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