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Gerald Swetnam Pierce

Gerald Swetnam Pierce, American financial consultant. Recipient Author's award for Texas, Theta Sigma Phi, 1969; American Philosophical Society grantee, 1966-1967; Chartered Life Underwriter; certified finance planner.


  • Pierce, Gerald Swetnam was born on August 17, 1933 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Harold Ellis and Mary Katherine (Snell) Pierce.

  • Education

    • Student University Texas, Austin, 1953-1954. Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, 1955. Master of Arts (University fellow), University Mississippi, Oxford, 1956, Doctor of Philosophy.

      (National Defense Education Act fellow), 1963. Postgraduate University New Mexico, 1956-1957.


    • Foreign service officer United States Department State, Washington and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1957-1960. Assistant professor history University Mississippi, Oxford, 1963-1964. Assistant professor history Memphis State University, 1964-1967, associate professor, 1967-1970, professor, 1970-1983, director international studies, 1974-1975.

      President Consultants System Inc., 1975-1985. Member firm Burleigh/Pierce, 1980-1981. Vice president, head finance planning department Morgan, Keegan & Company, Inc., 1981-1985.

      Head finance consultant firm, Memphis, 1985-1989. President Memphis Melon Company, secretary Memphis Melon Company of Jamaica, Ltd., since 1989. Adjunct faculty College Finance Planning, Denver, 1982-1987.

      Chairman, Tennessee Council on International Education, 1974-1975. Member Memphis History Heritage Committee, 1974-1980, Forum for a Better Memphis.


    • Author: Texas Under Arms, 1969, Travels in the Republic of Texas, 1842, 1971. General editor: Narratives of the American West, a series, 1971-1977. Associate editor Military History of Texas and the Southwest, a journal., 1969-1977.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Member firm Burleigh/Pierce, 1980-1981. Member Memphis History Heritage Committee, 1974-1980, Forum for a Better Memphis. Member Missouri, Oklahoma History Associations, Institute Certified Finance Planners, International Association Finance Planning (chapter director, vice president 1982-1983, president 1983-1984), Phi Kappa Phi.

    Club: Harvard (president 1980-1981.


    • Married Janis Fay Vaughn, May 27, 1956. Children– Ann Elizabeth Swetnam, John Willard.
    • father: Harold Ellis Pierce
    • mother: Mary Katherine (Snell) Pierce
    • spouse: Janis Fay Vaughn
    • children: Ann Elizabeth Swetnam Pierce
    • John Willard Pierce
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    Born August 17, 1933