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Orphaned by the death of his mother when he was four years old and by the death of his father when he was fifteen, John Augustus Swinney was obliged to take up the battle of life when still a young boy, and his subsequent career shows that he made a good and valiant fight and won success, to which he is undoubtedly going on to other successes decisive and notable. Mr. Swinney was born at Red Bluff, Cal., June 27, 1869. In his home neighborhood he attended public school, thus gaining the basis of the education which has helped him to such achievement as he has made. Beginning as a boy to work at ranching he was thus employed for several years. In 1891 he came to Sacramento and entered the service of Arthur F. Dray, for whom he worked eight and a half years. The succeeding nine years of his life were devoted to the business of the Burns coal and wood yard. On May 8, 1911, he formed a partnership with William Reed, and they are conducting a large business, which promises much for the future. Serving faithfully as he has done in every department of such a venture, Mr. Swinney is peculiarly fitted to take the general management of the concern, and in all that he does for the advancement of the enterprise he is ably aided by his partner.

In Sacramento Mr. Swinney found not alone business triumph. He found, as well, a wife, in the person of Elizabeth Windrick, a native of Sacramento county, whom he married in 1899. He is a member of Loyal Lodge, I. 0. 0. F., of Sacramento, to all important interests of which he is devoted. In his political affiliation he is a Republican, ardent in support of the men and measures of his party. His interest in the city and county is such that he is a citizen of very helpful public spirit. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011