Biography of Dr. Thomas O. McSwain
Tulare County, CA Biographies





THOMAS O. McSWAIN, M.D.
For more than a quarter of a century Dr. Thomas O. McSwain has been a practicing physician and surgeon of Visalia, California, and he may be appropriately called the dean of the medical profession of that city. He is a native of the Hawkeye state, born in Winneshiek county, Iowa, February 18, 1862. When he was about twenty three years of age he came to California and located in the city of San Francisco. After the necessary preparation by private study, he matriculated in the College of Physicians and Surgeons in that city and graduated with the class of 1897, receiving the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

Soon after receiving his diploma Thomas O. McSwain came to Visalia, where he opened an office and engaged in the practice of his profession. He was then thirty five years old, which gave him a mature air for a young physician and helped to inspire the confidence of the public. Consequently he soon established a practice, and as he was usually successful in the treatment of cases that practice gradually grew until he became generally recognized as one of the city's leading physician. In addition to his professional work, the Doctor owns two ranches, one of which is devoted to a peach orchard and the other is used as a dairy farm. He is a member in good standing in the Tulare county and California State Medical Associations, keeps in close touch with the progress of medical science, and enjoys the respect and confidence of his professional brethren, as well as of the public at large. For two years he was county physician of Tulare county.

For many years Dr. McSwain has been somewhat active in the work of fraternal societies. He is a member of Visalia Lodge No. 128, F. & A. M., and belongs to the higher Masonic bodies in both the York and Scottish Rites. A fact of which he is especially proud is that he is a life member of the Islam Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of San Francisco. This membership was granted to him on September 24, 1892, his card being numbered five hundred seven. He also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Woodmen of the World and Visalia Lodge No. 1298, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In all these organizations he has a high standing because of his willingness always to advance the welfare of the lodges and their benevolent work, and because of his genial disposition.

In his home life Dr. McSwain has been as fortunate as he has in his professional career. He married Miss Mabel K. Wasson, a native daughter of California, a cultured and accomplished woman, who is a past worthy matron of Visalia Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, the Masonic degree to which the wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of Master Masons are eligible. In politics Dr. McSwain is a republican.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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