Gustavus Franklin Swift

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Birthday
24, 1839
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Death Date
Mar 29, 1903 (63)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
24, 1839
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Death Date
Mar 29, 1903 (63)

About

American entrepreneur who headed a Midwestern meat-packing enterprise during the late 1800s.

Before Fame

He grew up on a Massachusetts farm and began working for a butcher shop when he was 14 years old.

Trivia

He helped develop a refrigerated railroad car that allowed for the mass distribution of inexpensive beef.

Family Life

He had 11 children with his wife Annie Maria Higgins.

Associated With

He was employed by the same turn-of-the-century meatpacking industry that provided scandalous fodder for author Upton Sinclair.