George Swiler Badders, president of The Marshall Clothing Company, Topeka, was born in Leavenworth, Kan., Oct. 14, 1881, a son of Olonzo Badders and wife, whose maiden name was Jennie Swiler. The parents are both living and reside in Topeka, whither they removed from Leavenworth in the month of November, 1881, when George S. was but five weeks old. The father, a retired newspaper man, who for several years was at the head of what was known as the Kansas Newspaper Union, was born in Maryland, Feb. 8, 1846, a son of Charles and Nancy (Bosley) Badders. He married Miss Jennie Swiler Oct. 5, 1870, and served in the Maryland state militia and in the Maryland Home Guard during the Civil war. Charles Badders, a soldier in the Mexican war, who was killed in the battle of Monterey, was a son of William Badders, the founder of the Badders family in the United States, coming from England sometime prior to the war of 1812, in which he served, and whose wife was an Irish lady. Jennie (Swiler) Badders was born in Hogestown, Pa., April 3, 1849, and was a daughter of George Washington Swiler and wife, Agnes Clendenin, both of whom were born in Mechanicsburg, Pa. George Washington Swiler was of German descent, his parents immigrating to this country from Germany. Agnes (Clendenin) Swiler, the maternal grandmother of George S. Badders, was of Revolutionary stock and was the granddaughter of John Clendenin, who served with distinction in the Revolutionary war, having a captain's commission. Capt. John Clendenin's wife was Elizabeth Caldwell, to whom he was married Aug. 26, 1771, and who was a sister of John C. Calhoun's mother. Capt. John Clendenin's parents were John and Jennie (Houston) Clendenin, who immigrated to America from Dumfries, Scotland, in 1730. It will thus be seen that George S. Badders is descended from English, Irish, Scotch and German ancestors. He was reared in Topeka, and was educated in the public schools and in Washburn College, graduating in the law department of the latter school in 1906, and admitted to the bar that same year. He practiced law two years in Denver, Col., prior to which time he had practiced some in Topeka in connection with the firm of Rossington & Smith, who were his legal preceptors while he was attending the Washburn College Law School. Mr. Badders was secretary of the Commercial Club, from April 17, 1909, to October, 1911, being one of the youngest men in the United States serving in such a capacity. He is a Thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason; is a member of the Elks Club, and in politics a Republican. His church membership is with the Presbyterian denomination.Pages 728-729 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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