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Name That Town Dept.: Swan's Island, incorporated on March 26, 1897, was named for Col. James Swan, a Revolutionary officer who colonized it and nearby islands. Swan was imprisoned in France over a debt in 1808 - and because he was not responsible for the debt, he refused to pay it and stayed in prison for 22 years. An amnesty finally freed him, but he died three days later. (Source: Maine Place Names and the Peopling of its Towns, by Ava Harriet Chadbourne. Portland: The Bond Wheelwright Company, 1955)


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