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Gustavus Franklin Swift

Gustavus Franklin Swift Biography

Entrepreneur


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.

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

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