Born: April 24, 1855

Died: August 14, 1945

Married: Maude Tilghman (died), Amalie Berthelot

Children: Svante Magnus Swenson, Swen Randolphe Swenson

Eric Pierson Swenson was a New York banker, the son of Texas cattleman and banker, Swante Magnus Swenson. With his brother, Swen Albin Swenson, he owned Camp Arokortu and Swenson Camp on Upper Saranac Lake. 1

He was also the president of the Association of Residents on Upper Saranac lake in 1901, in which capacity he instituted a lawsuit to stop Cornell University's College of Forestry from contracting with a cooperage company to cut timber on 30,000 acres between Tupper Lake and Upper Saranac Lake. The suit succeeded, although it took ten years to wind its way through the courts. 2


Malone Palladium, December 22, 1892

Adirondack Cottages.

W. H. SYMONDS, architect, of 160 Fifth avenue, New York, was in town [Malone] last Saturday to inspect the new depot at the junction of the A. & St. L. R. R. and the O &. L. C. R. R. [Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain Rail Road]. The plans were his, and he expressed himself pleased with the manner in which Mr. MOORE had carried them out. Though very far from the structure that it was intended at first to build, it is of attractive appearance and fine finish. Mr. SYMONDS went from Malone to Waubeek on Upper Saranac Lake to examine a site near there, where E. P. SWENSON, of New York, will erect a cottage next spring. Mr. SYMONDS is to draw the plans. The cottage will be a bungalow, 240 feet in length—the foundations of rough broken stone and the entire exterior presenting a shingled surface. It will contain 15 rooms, besides four in the roof for the servants. There will be bath-rooms with hot and cold water, and six sleeping apartments. The main/hall, open to the timbered roof and containing an immense stone fire-place, will be the living room. Four large verandas will encircle the cottage. Mr. SYMONDS says that now that Dr. WEBB'S road has made the Adirondacks accessible, there is to be a great deal of such building in the wilderness by wealthy residents of cities, adding to the taxable property of the county, affording employment to many mechanics and servants and making a larger home market for farm and vegetable garden products. The importance of the road to our county in this direction alone is very great, and general benefits from such investments must be realized.



1. New York Times, December 19, 1901
2. Donaldson, Alfred L. A History of the Adirondacks, New York: The Century Co., 1921, vol. 2, p. 206 (reprinted by Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, NY, 1992)