MG 401 - Swallow, Silas C. Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains papers, scrapbooks, and bound volumes of the Methodist newspaper. The papers include: a biographical paper, 1937, handwritten memorials, notes, and sermons of S. C. Swallow; printed circulars concerning prohibition, and correspondence, 1888-1898, concerning his views on the Sabbath and prohibition, letters of appreciation and requests to speak and offer prayer at Inaugural; a notebook of correspondence and handwritten notes of cross examinations in case of Hartzell vs Swallow, 1901-02; a handwritten itinerary of Dr. Swallow in his state campaign, undated; correspondence and receipted bills concerning Church Forum, 1905-06; newspaper clippings concerning Dr. Swallow and his work; a typed address: "Colored Missionary Work" delivered at the Central Penna. Conference, 1923; correspondence and addresses delivered in 1924, including one on women suffrage; printed pamphlets.

Contains four scrapbooks of newspaper clippings connected with Dr. Swallow's campaign for the Presidency in 1904. Each scrapbook contains a listing of articles.

Contains a scrapbook of digests, weeklies, newspapers and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings concerning activities of Dr. Swallow in the late 1800's.

The collection also includes 22 bound volumes of the Methodist newspaper from 1892, then known as the Conference News, then Central Pennsylvania Methodist, 1892-1893, and finally, the Pennsylvania Methodist, 1893-1904. S. C. Swallow was editor from April, 1892 to April, 1905.


Silas C. Swallow was born March 5, 1839 near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and received his education in the common schools. He completed his education at Susquehanna University and entered into the profession of teaching. He then decided on adopting the law as a profession and studied in the office of Volney L. Maxwell. But he gave up the study of law and adopted the ministry as his future calling. He entered the pulpit of the Methodist Episcopal Church and served in many appointments. In 1892 he accepted the editorship of the Pennsylvania Methodist. Dr. Swallow took an active interest in the great reform movements of his day, i.e. slavery, prohibition, and woman suffrage. He accepted the nominations of the Prohibition Ticket for the offices of Mayor, Legislator, State Treasurer, Governor, and in 1904 for the Presidency of the United States. He was married to Rebecca Louise Robins of Eleysburg, Northumberland County.

Date(s): 1888-1925

Extent: 3 boxes, 22 bound volumes