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Rep. John Todd Stuart, (D-IL)

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Birthplace: Near Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, United States
Death: November 23, 1885 (78)
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States
Place of Burial: Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Robert Stuart and Hannah Stuart
Husband of Mary Virginia Stuart
Father of Bettie J Brown
Brother of Mary Jane Price; David Todd Stuart and Robert Todd Stuart

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About Rep. John Todd Stuart, (D-IL)

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John Todd Stuart (November 10, 1807 – November 23, 1885) was a lawyer and a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born near Lexington, Kentucky, Stuart graduated from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, in 1826. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1828, and commenced practice in Springfield, Illinois. He was a major in the Black Hawk War in 1832, where he first met Abraham Lincoln, who was in the same battalion as Stuart.

He served as member of the Illinois House of Representatives between 1832 and 1836. Stuart encouraged Lincoln to study law and the two subsequently became law partners, between 1837 and 1841. If not for Stuart's influence, it is conceivable that Lincoln might never have been interested in the law - and thus, might not ever have become president.[1]

Stuart was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress. He was, however, elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839 - March 3, 1843), winning over Stephen A. Douglas in 1838. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1842.

Stuart established a law partnership with Benjamin S. Edwards in 1843, a partnership that would last for forty years. Stuart served as member of the Illinois Senate between 1848 and 1852. He was the unsuccessful Constitutional Union candidate for Governor of Illinois in 1860.

Stuart was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863 - March 3, 1865), and served there while Lincoln was president.

Stuart was a favorite cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln and as a member of Congress after his election in 1862 over Republican Leonard Swett was a frequent visitor at the White House even though he was an anti-emancipation Democrat.

He was defeated in 1864 by Republican Shelby Moore Cullom, a Lincoln ally.

Following his defeat in 1864, Stuart resumed the practice of law in Springfield. He died there and was interred in the Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In the fall of 2007, Centre College (Stuart's alma mater) dedicated Stuart Hall, a building that once housed the College's bookstore but is now a residence hall, in honor of the influence Stuart had over Lincoln's career path as well as Stuart's contribution to law.[2]

The firm that he founded in Springfield Illinois, once known as "Stuart and Lincoln," is still operating under the name "Brown, Hay, & Stephens," and includes his great-great-grandson as a partner.


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John T. Stuart as a major during the Black Hawk WarJohn Todd Stuart (November 10, 1807 - November 23, 1885) was a lawyer and a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born near Lexington, Kentucky, Stuart graduated from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, in 1826. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1828, and commenced practice in Springfield, Illinois. He was a major in the Black Hawk War in 1832, where he first met Abraham Lincoln.

He served as member of the Illinois House of Representatives between 1832-1836. Stuart encouraged Lincoln to study law and the two subsequently became law partners, between 1837 and 1841. If not for Stuart's influence, it is conceivable that Lincoln might never have been interested in the law - and thus, might not ever have become president.[1]

Stuart was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress. He was, however, elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843), winning over Stephen Douglas in 1838. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1842.

Stuart established a law partnership with Benjamin S. Edwards in 1843, a partnership that would last for forty years. Stuart served as member of the Illinois Senate between 1848-1852. He was the unsuccessful Constitutional Union candidate for Governor of Illinois in 1860.

Stuart was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865), and served there while Lincoln was president.

Stuart was a favorite cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln and as a member of Congress after his election in 1862 over Republican Leonard Swett was a frequent visitor at the White House even though he was an anti-emancipation Democrat.

He was defeated in 1864 by Republican Shelby Moore Cullom, a Lincoln ally.

Following his defeat in 1864, Stuart resumed the practice of law in Springfield. He died there and was interred in the Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In the fall of 2007, Centre College (Stuart's alma mater) dedicated Stuart Hall, a building that once housed the College's bookstore but is now a residence hall, in honor of the influence Stuart had over Lincoln's career path as well as Stuart's contribution to law.[2]

The firm that he founded in Springfield Illinois, once known as "Stuart and Lincoln," is still operating under the name "Brown, Hay, & Stephens," and includes his great-great-grandson as a partner.

[edit] References1.^ "John Todd Stuart biography". Centre College. http://www.centre.edu/lincoln/stuart_biography.html. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 2.^ "Centre dedicates Stuart Hall in honor of alum's extraordinary influence on Honest Abe". Centre College. 2007-10-29. http://www.centre.edu/web/news/2007/oct/stuart_hall.html. Retrieved 2009-07-31. Congressional Biography Robert A. Stuart, Jr.. Leading Lawyers Network. Accessed March 4, 2009. Paul M. Angle, "One Hundred Years of Law," Springfield, Illinois: Brown, Hay and Stephens, 1928. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_T._Stuart

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Rep. John Todd Stuart, (D-IL)'s Timeline

1807
November 10, 1807
Near Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, United States
1838
1838
Age 30
1885
November 23, 1885
Age 78
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States
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Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States