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Among the active and progressive citizens of Sioux City whose records have been such as to gain for them distinction among their fellowmen, was Richard A. Zwemer, who was a member of the Woodbury county bar and held the position of secretary and traffic manager of the Sioux City Live Stock Exchange.  At a recent date he removed to Chicago where he is now practicing law as a member of the firm of Huff & Cook.  Mr. Zwemer was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on the 20th of November, 1893, and is a son of Adrian P. and Cynthia (Gleysteen) Zwemer, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Iowa.  The father settled in Sioux Falls in 1885 and engaged in the real estate business to the time of his death, which occurred in 1894.  The mother is now a missionary and is stationed at Peking, China.  her father, Dirk Gleysteen, settled in Alton, Iowa, in the early '50s, being one of the pioneers of that locality.

Richard A. Zwemer, who was the only child born to his parents, attended the public schools of Virginia, Oklahoma and Iowa, and then entered the University of Wisconsin, where he was graduated, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, in 1914.  He next became a student in Columbia University, New York city, where he took a course in law.  Mr. Zwemer attended the Plattsburg (New York) training camp and received a commission as second lieutenant on August 14, 1917.  He was then stationed at Camp Upton until December 8, 1917, when he became chief instructor of military science and training at Camp Joseph E. Johnston, Jacksonville, Florida, and while at this place he received successive commissions as first lieutenant and captain.  He went to France as commanding officer of Motor Transportation Company, No. 457, and after the Armistice he was made commanding officer of Motor Command, No. 15, and commanding officer of the motor reception park at Marseilles, France.  He returned to the United States in July, 1919, and was discharged on the 22d of that month at Washington, D. C., with the rank of captain.  Prior to entering the Plattsburg camp, Mr. Zwemer was with the Postal Telegraph Company in New York about one and a half years.  After the war he came to Sioux City and became traffic manager for the Sioux City Live Stock Exchange, holding that position from September 1, 1919, to March, 1921, when the offices of secretary and traffic manager were combined and he now filled both.  He proved himself well qualified in every respect for this responsible position and was an invaluable officer of the exchange.  Mr. Zwemer was admitted to the bar of Iowa, June 6, 1924, and became associated in the general practice of law with the firm of Farr, Brackney & Farr, but is now practicing in Chicago, Illinois, as member of the firm of Huff & Cook.

On November 24, 1917, in New York city, Mr. Zwemer was united in marriage to Miss Susanna Weare Pierce, daughter of Howard G. Pierce, a prominent stock commission man of Sioux City.  In her maidenhood her mother was Mary Weare, daughter of George Weare, a pioneer banker of Sioux City.  Mrs. Zwemer is a member of the Woman's Club, the Qui Vive Club, is state president of the Girls' Friendly Society and is corresponding secretary of the Boys' and Girls' Home of Sioux City.  Mr. Zwemer is a member of Tyrian Lodge, No. 508, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and Sioux City Lodge, No. 112, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, belonging also to the One Hundred Club, the Sioux City Country Club, the Rotary Club and the Iowa State Bar Association.  He is also a member of the transportation committee of the National Live Stock Exchange.  He is a communicant of St. Thomas' Protestant Episcopal church.  Personally, Mr. Zwemer is courteous and accommodating in his business relations, is a man of reliable judgment and wise discrimination, and in every relation of life has been true to every trust.  Because of these attributes, as well as for his genial and friendly manner, he is held in the highest measure of esteem by his fellow men.


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