Swain, Richard a Methodist Episcopal minister, was a native of New Jersey. In 1789 he was admitted on trial, in 1791 into full connection, and filled the following stations: Trenton, N. J., in 1789; Flanders, in 1790-91; Middletown Circuit, Conn., in 1792; New London, in 1793; Salem, N. J, in 1794; Burlington, in 1795; Freehold, in 1796; Trenton, in 1797; Freehold, in 1798; Salem, in 1799 and1800; Bethel, in 1801; Cape May, in 1802; Salem, in 1803. He became supernumerary in 1804-7, and died Jan. 17,1808. He was a man of great usefulness in the ministry. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1, 159; Stevens, Hist. of the M. E. Church, 4:280; Bangs, Hist. of the M. E. Church, 2, 252.