Conrad G. Swensberg
Professor Conrad G. Swensberg (1835-1897) came to Grand Rapids in 1866 and founded the Grand Rapids Commercial College, also known as Grand Rapids Business College, which later became Davenport University. He taught at the school for over twenty years. He later was the owner and publisher/editor of the Telegram-Herald newspaper. In addition, he was the president of the Valley City Milling company, a founder of the Phoenix Furniture Company, a founder of the Aldine Manufacturing Company, a director of the Grand Rapids Savings Bank, and director of the Grand Rapids Street Railway Company. He was also an organizer of the local Y.M.C.A. and helped to establish the city's first free library.
Source:Grand Rapids Public Library photographs collection (Coll. 054)
- Grand Rapids History & Special Collections Department
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Grand Rapids Public Library photograph collection