Biographical Sketch of Franklin Swart

Few if any officials of San Mateo county enjoy more public confidence than Franklin Swart who is serving his second term as district attorney.

District Attorney Swart is a self made man. He was born at New Paris, Indiana, on June 25, 1878. He came to California eighteen years ago to attend college. By digging ditches during his vacations and doing odd jobs during the school term, Mr. Swart managed to work his way through Stanford University where he received A. B. and Juris Doctor degrees.

Swart has practiced law in San Mateo County since his graduation.

In 1910 he was elected district attorney. During his administration he has won, with a single exception, every civil case for San Mateo county; he has purged Colma of the hog and swill nuisance; he won $20,000 for the county in the disinterment cases, and, although not his official duty, he has prepared all legal proceedings in the different school bond elections.

One of the most important services performed for San Mateo county by District Attorney Swart was conducting the legal work in connection with the $1,250,000 bond issue for good roads. Standing on a creditable record during his first term of office, the voters returned Mr. Swart in 1914 by a flattering majority.

Mr. Swart is secretary of the District Attorney’s Association of California.

Mr. Swart was married in San Francisco in 1914 and resides in Redwood. He belongs to the Odd Fellows, the Elks and the Masons.



Alexander, Philip W.; Hamm, Charles P. History of San Mateo County from the Earliest Times: With a Description of Its Resources and Advantages: and the Biographies of Its Representative Men. San Mateo County, California: Press of Burlingame Publishing Company. 1916.

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  1. I recently had jury duty, and there is a photo of the late Judge Franklin Swart on the wall in the second floor courtroom area in the San Mateo County Courthouse. It lists his service dates as August 1931 – December 31, 1934. He looks just like a young Kurt Russell in the photo.

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