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Santos Dumont Swancy

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Santos Dumont Swancy was born on 21 Oct 1909, the son of Missouri natives, Perry and Ida (White) Swancy. The 1910 census finds 6 month old Santos living in Kansas City, Kansas, with his parents and three older siblings. The family remained there for the 1920 census. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1927.

On 12 Sep 1927, he entered K-State, studying electrical engineering. He attended during the summer session in 1930, then took a year off, 1931-1932, before returning for a final year. He last attended in 1933.

He lived at 1014 Yuma his first year, 1010 Yuma his second year. He lived at the Phi Beta Sigma Chapter House, 1020 Colorado, during its last year in the possession of the fraternity, 1929-1930. He lived at 1101 Colorado for his final two years of college.

Due largely to the efforts of Santos Swancy and William Johnson, who wrote and produced their entry, "Something Spooky," Phi Beta Sigma won the top prize of $15 at the annual Aggie Orpheum in 1929. Additionally, the Marshall-Wareham theatres' management chose the Phi Beta Sigma act as one of three given the opportunity to perform at the Wareham Theatre for three shows. The following year, he filled two roles (Jeff and Congo Witch Doctor) in the Manhattan Theatre production of "Emperor Jones." In 1931, Santos Swancy, living in Kansas City, directed the Phi Beta Sigma stunt entitled "When Martin Comes," "an interesting portrayal of negro superstition and a haunted house." They won first honors for the short stunt contest, receiving a silver loving cup.

Santos Swancy is listed with his parents in Kansas City, Kansas, on the 1930 census, with the notation that he was absent from the household.

He was inducted into the Navy on 24 Jan 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas. He was an Electrician's Mate 3rd class.

Nothing further is known about his life until his death on 22 Aug 1965 in Alameda, California. Santos Dumont Swancy was buried at Ft. Leavenworth cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas.

Sources of Information:

K-State Transcript
K-State Directory, 1927-1931, 1932-1933
1910 Census: Kansas - Wyandotte county - Kansas City Ward 2 - District 155
1920 Census: Kansas - Wyandotte county - Kansas City Ward 2 - District 157
1930 Census: Kansas - Wyandotte county - Kansas City - Distrit 6
California Death Index
Leavenworth County Burial Records
World War II Kansas Veterans Index
Kansas State Collegian (Manhattan, Kansas) 05 Mar 1929: "Orpheum prize to spooky act"
Kansas State Collegian (Manhattan, Kansas) 04 Mar 1930: "Play cast puts final touches on production"
Kansas State Collegian (Manhattan, Kansas) 03 Mar 1931: "Kappa Delts win Orpheum"