About Sam V. Stewart, Governor
Samuel Vernon Stewart (August 2, 1872 – September 15, 1939) was a Democrat, an attorney, former Montana Supreme Court Justice and the sixth Governor of Montana.
Stewart was born in Monroe County, Ohio, attended Kansas State Normal School, and earned a law degree from the University of Kansas in 1898. He married Stella Baker and they had three daughters.
Stewart practiced law in Virginia City, Montana, where he served as city attorney and county attorney for Madison County, Montana. He was chosen as chairman of the Montana Democratic Party in 1910, serving for two years. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1916, 1920, and 1924.
Stewart was elected Governor of Montana in 1912, serving two terms from 1913 to 1921. It was under his governing that Jeannette Rankin became the first female Congress member. During his tenure, a fish and game law was sanctioned, a council of defense was authorized, a state highway commission was organized, a sedition act was passed, World War I issues were dealt with, and two additional justices were added to the state supreme court.
After leaving the office of Governor, Stewart returned to his law practice with the firm of John Griest Brown and served as city attorney of Helena. He was elected to one term in the Montana House of Representatives (1930–32). He was appointed to the Montana Supreme Court in 1932, serving there until his death in 1939.
Stewart died on September 15, 1939 and is interred at Forestvale Cemetery, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana USA.