Swartz, Joshua W., attorney and counselor-at-law, was born in Lower Swatara township, Dauphin county, Pa., June 9, 1867. He is a son of Martin N. and Harriet (Wallower) Swartz, the former a native of Lower Swatara, the latter of Susquehanna township. Martin M. Swartz died September 5, 1878; his wife is still living and residing in Lower Swatara township aforesaid. The father was a farmer and a respected citizen of Lower Swatara, where he spent his life. They had nine children, five of whom are still living: Christian L., residing on the home farm; Oliver W., a merchant of Middletown, Pa., Joshua W., I. B., and E. G., lawyers, and partners in the business of their brother, Joshua W.
The primary education of Joshua W. Swartz was received in the schools at home. He learned the trade of carpenter and stair-builder, at which he worked in Middletown four years. In 1887 he entered the Lebanon Valley College, and in the meantime took a commercial course in the Williamsport Business College. In 1888 he again entered Lebanon Valley College. He read law with John A. Herman, of Harrisburg. He entered the Dickinson law school, and graduated June 6, 1892. On the 7th of June, 1892, he was admitted to the the Cumberland county bar, and July 12, 1892, to Dauphin county bar. He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court June 1, 1896. In October, 1892, he began practice in Harrisburg.
He was married in Indiana county, Pa., April 13, 1893, to Idella M. Goheen, daughter of John and Margaret (Gahagan) Goheen, of Indiana county, Pa. they have one son, Joshua G., born April 24, 1894. Mr. Swartz is a staunch Republican. He attends the Lutheran church.
[Note: in one place it says his father was Martin N.; in another Martin M. I do not know which is correct - jaf]
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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