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SWANK, George Thompson

    Gallitzin Weekly Item, 18 Mar 1910, Contributed by Mary Bayliss

SWANK – George Thompson Swank, better known at “Tom” Swank, and for nearly a half century editor of the Johnstown Tribune, died at that city Sunday afternoon. He was 73 years old. Mr. Swank was one of the radical abolition editors prior to the breaking out of the Civil War, and he served with distinction in that strife, resuming his editorial duties later. He was a personal friend of Horace Greely and was a brother of James M. Swank, secretary of the American Iron and Steel Association.

The veteran editor was a forceful and fearless writer, and for half a century was identified with the progress of Western Pennsylvania. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon.

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