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Swartz, Maud O’Farrelllocked

(03 May 1879–22 February 1937)
  • Marilyn Elizabeth Perry

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Swartz, Maud O’Farrell (03 May 1879–22 February 1937), labor leader, was born in County Kildare, Ireland, the daughter of William J. O’Farrell, a flour miller, and Sarah Matilda Grace. Maud’s father was barely able to support his large family of fourteen children and as a consequence had to depend on the other family members for monetary help. The O’Farrell girls were sent at an early age to convent schools to train as governesses. Maud left for a convent school in Germany and later went to one in France. She grew up virtually isolated from her family because none of her relatives ever visited, except for a cousin from New York. Upon completion of school, Maud worked as a governess in Italy. She immigrated to New York City in 1901....

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