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Swain, Edgar Denman


Age: 0, credited to Weston, VT
Unit(s): 42nd IL INF
Service: comn CAPT, Co. I, 42nd IL INF, pr LTCOL, m/o 1/12/66, Springfield, IL

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Birth: 08/14/1836, Westford, VT
Death: 04/28/1904

Burial: West Batavia Cemetery, Batavia, IL
Marker/Plot: Lot 34, Grave 3
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 16848534


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow
Portrait?: Findagrave
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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West Batavia Cemetery, Batavia, IL

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Died, April 28, 1904, at his home in Batavia, 111., from apoplexy, Edgar Denman Swain, D.D S.

Dr. Swain was born in Vermont, August 14, 1836. He studied dentistry under Dr. Carpenter of Saratoga Springs, and in 1859 moved to Batavia, Ill. He went to the war in 1861, having organized a company, and took an active part in several notable engagements. He was mustered out in 1866. After the war he became actively connected with the National Guard of Illinois, and was for several years colonel of the First Regiment, stationed at Chicago.

Dr. Swain was prominently identified with the Chicago Dental Society and the Illinois State Dental Society for over thirty years. He took an active part in the deliberations of these bodies, in which he filled many offices of responsibility and honor. He was one of the organizers of the present Northwestern University Dental School and was the executive officer of its faculty for a number of years. Several years ago the ill state of his health forced him to give up practice. He then engaged in outdoor work, and after a time, having apparently regained his health, resumed active practice. His death was entirely unexpected and has plunged into deep grief a host of friends and admirers—to whom the memory of his well spent, good, and useful life may perhaps serve to mitigate slightly the sorrow caused by his demise.

The Chicago Dental Society passed the following resolution of regret on the loss of their fellow member:

The Chicago Dental Society, now in session, offers this expression of our grief at the sudden death of Dr. Edgar D. Swain:

Whereas, For more than thirty years he was one of the group of honored and trusted men who conducted the affairs of this society and of the State Society. He performed every service and received every honor that those societies could ask or confer upon him, and

his name was seldom absent from the list of officers or important committees.

His strong, sincere, and positive nature won for him, far more than is usual, the respect and honor of all who knew him and the warm affection of those who were nearest to him. These qualities and a generous disposition made him especially a friend and helper of worthy young men. No one ever heard him speak a harsh or unkind word for anyone, unless for some act of meanness or sordidness.

This society, the State Society, and the dental profession of Illinois owe him a large debt of gratitude, and his memory will long be cherished among us. Those who knew him well will never cease to miss his presence and to mourn hia loss.

Resolved, That the above be placed upon the records of this society, and that copies be sent to his family and to the dental journals.

Edmund Noyes,
J. G. Reid,
Geo. J. Dennis

The Dental Cosmos, XLVI, No. 6, June 1904, p. 499.

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