Mayor of Chicago, 1893, 1895-1897
- Republican Party
- Elected mayor pro tem (34th mayor) by City Council November 6, 1893 following the death of Mayor Carter Henry Harrison III pending a special election
- Elected 36th mayor (second term) April 2, 1895; defeated Arthur J. Bassett (Prohibition), Bayard Holmes (People’s Party), Ebenezer Wakely (Free Silver) and Frank Wenter (Democrat)
- Inauguration to first term: November 9, 1893
- Inauguration to second term: April 8, 1895
- Born December 14, 1845 in Cincinnati
- Childhood friend of Hempstead Washburne in Galena, Ill.
- Married Miss Lucy L. Brown; together they had six children.
- Graduated from the University of Chicago
- Worked as a drug clerk and later in manufacturing
- Served as alderman from the 11th Ward
- President Arthur appointed him special agent of the treasury in 1885.
- Appointed commissioner of public works in 1887
- After mayoral terms, he started a contracting firm, George B. Swift Company; he also served as president of Frazer Lubricator Company and of Swift Fuel Company.
- Appointed to Board of Education in 1911
- Died July 2, 1912 in Chicago: “G.B. Swift, Former Chicago Mayor, Dies.” Chicago Examiner, July 3, 1912.
- Buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago
- "Former Mayor Swift Dies." Chicago Daily Tribune, July 3, 1912, p. 15.
- Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
- "Obituary 1 -- No Title." Chicago Daily Tribune, July 5, 1912, p. 17.
- "Swift is the Mayor." Chicago Daily Tribune, November 7, 1893, p. 1.