John Wolcott Stewart (1825 - 1915)

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Birthplace: Middlebury, Addison, VT, USA
Death: Died in Middlebury, Addison, VT, USA
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About John Wolcott Stewart

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John Wolcott Stewart (November 24, 1825 – October 29, 1915) was an American lawyer and politician from Vermont. He served as Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives and as the 33rd Governor of Vermont before serving in the United States House of Representatives and briefly in the United States Senate.


Born in Middlebury, Vermont, Stewart attended the Middlebury Academy and graduated from Middlebury College in 1846. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1850. He became the prosecuting attorney of Addison County from 1852 to 1854.


Stewart served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1856, and then was a member of the Vermont Senate from 1861 to 1862. He returned to the state House from 1865 to 1867, serving as speaker, and then became the governor of Vermont from 1870 to 1872. Later he returned to the state House for a single year, in 1876, again serving as speaker.


Stewart was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1882 election. He was subsequently reelected and served from March 4, 1883 to March 4, 1891. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1890, but instead engaged in the banking business at Middlebury.


Stewart was appointed to the Senate on March 24, 1908, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Redfield Proctor, and served until October 21 of that year, when a successor was elected. After this he retired from political life and active business pursuits, and resided in Middlebury until his death. He is interred in West Cemetery.


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Stewart married Emma Seymour Battell on November 21, 1860, the daughter of Philip Battell and Emma Hart Seymour, who was the daughter of Senator Horatio Seymour. Seymour was the brother of Representative Henry Seymour, and the uncle of Representative Origen Storrs Seymour and New York Governor Horatio Seymour, who was the brother-in-law of Senator Roscoe Conkling. Seymour was also the great-uncle of Representative Edward Woodruff Seymour, who was the son of Origen Storrs Seymour.


Philip Battell's great-grandmother Mehitabel "Mary" Sherman was the sister of the Founding Father and Senator Roger Sherman. Philip's grandmother, Martha "Patty" Sherman Mitchell, was the widow of the Reverend Justus Mitchell and the daughter of Mehitabel and Roger Sherman's brother, the Reverend Josiah Sherman, who was also the great-grandfather of Senator Chauncey Depew. Roger Sherman was also the grandfather of Senators Roger Sherman Baldwin, William M. Evarts and George Frisbie Hoar.

-------------------- John Wolcott Stewart (November 24, 1825 – October 29, 1915) was an American lawyer and politician from Vermont. He served as Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives and as the 33rd Governor of Vermont before serving in the United States House of Representatives and briefly in the United States Senate.

Born in Middlebury, Vermont, Stewart attended the Middlebury Academy and graduated from Middlebury College in 1846. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1850. He became the prosecuting attorney of Addison County from 1852 to 1854.

Stewart served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1856, and then was a member of the Vermont Senate from 1861 to 1862. He returned to the state House from 1865 to 1867, serving as speaker, and then became the governor of Vermont from 1870 to 1872. Later he returned to the state House for a single year, in 1876, again serving as speaker.

Stewart was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1882 election. He was subsequently reelected and served from March 4, 1883 to March 4, 1891. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1890, but instead engaged in the banking business at Middlebury.

Stewart was appointed to the Senate on March 24, 1908, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Redfield Proctor, and served until October 21 of that year, when a successor was elected. After this he retired from political life and active business pursuits, and resided in Middlebury until his death. He is interred in West Cemetery.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wolcott_Stewart

Attended Middlebury Academy. Graduate, Middlebury College, 1846. Studied law with former Senator Horatio Seymour, admitted to bar, commenced practice, 1850. State’s Attorney, Addison County, 1852-54. Vermont House, 1856, Delegate to Republican national convention, 1860, playing role in switch of Vermont delegation from Seward to Lincoln. Married Emma Battell, 1860. Six children – Emma, Philip, Elga, twins Jessica and Robert, and John. Vermont Senate, 1861-62. Vermont House, 1865-1867, serving as Speaker. Governor of Vermont 1870-1872. First Governor elected after terms were changed from one year to two years. Vermont House, 1876, serving as Speaker. US House, 1883-91. Director and President, Middlebury Bank. Engaged in other businesses in Middlebury. Appointed by Governor Fletcher Proctor to the US Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Proctor’s father, Redfield Proctor, serving March 24, 1908 to October 21, 1908, when a successor was elected. Retired to Middlebury. Daughter Jessica married businessman Charles M. Swift and became a noted philanthropist. His 25 Stewart Lane home, built by Charles Swift’s grandfather Judge Samuel Swift, is a Middlebury business called the Swift House Inn. (bio by: Bill McKern)

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Gov. John Wolcott Stewart, US Senate & Congress's Timeline

1825
November 24, 1825
Middlebury, Addison, VT, USA
1860
November 21, 1860
Age 34
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1863
Age 37
1865
1865
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1871
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1872
1872
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1915
October 29, 1915
Age 89
Middlebury, Addison, VT, USA
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Middlebury, Addison, VT, USA