History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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REUBEN ORLANDO SWOPE, present principal of Glen Rock High School, Glen Rock borough, Bergen county, New Jersey, was born in Bedminster township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, November 17, 1868. The ancestors of Mr. Swope were of German extraction and have been residents of Bucks county for many generations. But little is known of the earlier generations of the family further than that they belonged to the solid substantial yeomanry of Upper Bucks, and filled their places in the history with honor and integrity. The grandparents of the subject of this sketch were John and Mary (Wildonger) Swope, whose son Joseph Swope, born in Tinicum township, Bucks county, August 6, 1831, was reared and educated in that and Bedminster townships, and followed the occupation of a farmer in Bedminster and Plumstead townships—and he, as well as his immediate ancestors, was a member of the Lutheran church, and politically he was a Democrat, though he never sought or held political office. He married Mary Overholt, daughter of Abraham and Hannah (Shutt) Overholt, and granddaughter of Martin and Elizabeth (Nash) Overholt. She was born in Plumstead township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, October 6, 1833.

Reuben Orlando Swope was educated in the common schools of Bucks county, and later took a course at the West Chester State Normal School, and followed the profession of teacher for eight years in the public schools of Bucks county, two of which he was principal of the high school at Richlandtown. He is now principal of the high school at Glen Rock, Bergen county, New Jersey. Thoroughly devoted to his profession, he has taken little part in public affairs. He is a member of the Lutheran church of Hilltown, and filled the position as organist there for some time. He also served as superintendent of the Sunday school for two years. Mr. Swope is unmarried.

Text taken from page 276

Davis, William W. H., A. M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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