(1825–1898), shipping magnate. John Swire (1793–1847) operated as a general merchant in Liverpool, and it was there that his two sons, John Samuel and William Hudson, were born in 1825 and 1830, respectively. In due course the two boys joined the family firm and jointly inherited it when their father died in 1847. Although they controlled this together until William’s early retirement in 1876, it was always John Samuel who made the key decisions, and he then continued to guide the growing enterprise until close to his death in 1898.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Maritime History.