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Swenson, David Ferdinand (29 October 1876–11 February 1940), translator and professor of philosophy, was born in Kristinehamn, Sweden, the son of Gustaf Ferdinand Swenson, a cobbler and lay preacher, and Augusta Maria Johanssen. His father came to the United States in 1881. In 1882 the rest of the family arrived and settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From the age of nine Swenson helped support the family. At seventeen he taught in a country school. He then attended the University of Minnesota and studied engineering, eventually switching to philosophy. He received a B.S. in 1898 and began his academic career immediately upon graduating as an assistant to ...