SWOPE, Guy Jacob, (1892 - 1969)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

SWOPE, Guy Jacob, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Meckville, Berks County, Pa., December 26, 1892; attended the public schools, Keystone State Teachers College, Kutztown, Pa., and Columbia University School of International Affairs; taught school in Lebanon County, Pa., 1909-1913; served as United States internal revenue agent 1913-1918; engaged as a public accountant 1919-1934; budget secretary of Pennsylvania 1935-1937; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; engaged as an accountant in 1939; auditor of Puerto Rico from January 15, 1940, to February 2, 1941; Governor of Puerto Rico from February 3, 1941, to August 6, 1941; director of the Division of Territories and Island Possessions, Interior Department, from August 7, 1941, to October 15, 1942; district director, Office of Price Administration, Harrisburg, Pa., from October 16, 1942, to July 27, 1943; served as a lieutenant commander and later as a commander in the United States Naval Reserve, Military Government Branch, 1943 to 1946; engaged as a civilian chief, National Government Division, General Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan, from February 12, 1947, to March 9, 1948; special assistant to Pennsylvania State treasurer from August 1, 1948, to May 3, 1949; served as special assistant to the American High Commissioner in Germany from July 1949 to March 1954; was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress; certified public accountant; director and comptroller of Lake Asphalt & Petroleum Co. of Pennsylvania 1956-1961; deputy State treasurer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, May 1, 1961-May 3, 1965; died in New York City July 25, 1969; interment in Old Klopp’s Church Cemetery, Hamlin, Pa.