Swann, Thomas(1809–83) businessman, governor, U.S. representative; born in Alexandria, then part of the District of Columbia. After a successful career in the railroad business, he became mayor of Baltimore (1856–58). He served as Union Party governor of Maryland (1866–69). He supported Reconstruction, but also worked to restore the franchise to southern sympathizers. He later served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (1869–76).
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