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Stuart, Charles E.

Born: 1810-11-25 Columbia County, New York

Died: 1887-05-19 Kalamazoo, Michigan

Charles E. Stuart was an attorney, state legislator, U.S. representative, and U.S. Senator. He read law and earned admittance to the New York bar in 1832. He opened a law practice in Waterloo, New York. He relocated to the Michigan Territory in 1835, settling in Kalamazoo, where he commenced practicing law. Stuart won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1842. A Democrat, Stuart was elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1847 to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Edward Bradley. He served in the House from December 1847 to March 1849. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1848. Stuart returned to the House in 1851, and in 1853, the Michigan Legislature elected him to the U.S. Senate, where he remained until 1859. Not a candidate for reelection, Stuart resumed his law practice in Kalamazoo. At the commencement of the Civil War, he raised and equipped the Thirteenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment, of which he received a commission as colonel, but ill health forced him to resign.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 1901; Gravestone, Mountain Home Cemetery, Kalamazoo, MI.