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Swayne, Noah Hayneslocked

(07 December 1804–08 June 1884)
  • Jonathan Lurie


Swayne, Noah Haynes (07 December 1804–08 June 1884), jurist, was born in Frederick County, Virginia, the son of Joshua Swayne and Rebecca Smith, farmers. His parents were staunch Quakers, and Swayne’s strong antislavery views may have been shaped by Quaker hostility to the practice. Swayne’s plans to become a physician changed with the sudden death of his instructor. He turned to the study of law and was admitted to the bar before his twenty-first birthday. Choosing not to practice in Virginia, however, he moved in 1823 across the river to Ohio, a free state. There his vigorous antislavery views may have contributed to the rapid growth of his legal practice....

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