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Bachelor of Arts




Claude Augustus Swanson was born at Swansonville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia on March 31, 1862. He is the son of John Muse Swanson and Catherine Pritchett. His father who was a merchant and tobacco manufacturer lost all his property in the panic of 1876. This caused Claude to have to stop his education at the age of fourteen and go to work on the farm. He worked here for two years, and did all of the manual labor incident to farm life. To many boys this would be very discouraging and would cause them to give up, but not so with Claude. This proved to be a great help to him for he learned that rewards come only by hard work.

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