Swalm, Thomas W., M. D., a prominent Homeopathic physi- cian and surgeon in Pottsville, was bom at Orwigsburg, this coimty, June 15, 1856. He is a son of John A. and Catherine (Hoy) Swalm, natives of Schuylkill county. The father was bom Dec. 19, 1826, and died June 2, 1894. He was a merchant for many years in Mah- anoy City. The mother was bom May 5, 1829, and died Jan. 3, 1887. Of the four children born to these parents Emma is the eldest and the only daughter. She is the wife of Albert J. Luburg, and resides in Philadelphia; Harry A. Swalm is a merchant in Mahanoy City; Dr. Thomas W. is the third in order of birth, and Albert H. is a hardware merchant in Pottsville, but until recently was located in Shenandoah in the same line of business. Dr. Swalm received his general education in the public schools of Mahanoy City and at New Berlin seminary, in Union county. Pa. He began his professional studies at the University of Pennsylvania, but completed his course at the Homeopathic medical college of New York city, in which he was graduated in the class of 1878. He spent .one year in practice in the New York city hospital on Ward island, and in 1879 he came to Pottsville, where he has since been in continuous and successful prac- tice. Dr. Swalm has no specialties or hobbies, but is devoting his energies to general practice of medicine and surgery, according to the tenets of his profession. He is a close student of professional literature, and has a large and valuable library of carefully selected professional books. He is a member of the state and county medical societies of Homeopathic physicians, and keeps in the front rank in the onward march of his profession. Dr. Swalm has been a member of the Pottsville school board for the last seven years, and is presi- dent of that body at the present time. He was married in 1893 ^^ Miss Annie Rickert. His church affiliations are with the First Pres- b}1:erian church in Pottsville. The Independent Order of Odd Fel- lows is the only fraternal society with which he is affiliated.