Born: 1791-06-11 Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Died: 1872-07-16 Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Flourished: Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Stewart received a good education, taught school, and graduated from Washington College. He studied law, earned admittance to the bar, and started a practice in Uniontown in 1815. He served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, from 1815-1818. He earned appointment by President James Monroe as U.S. attorney for the western district of Pennsylvania in 1818, holding that office until he resigned in 1820 to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Stewart won election, as a Democratic-Republican, to the U.S. House, serving from 1821-1823. In 1822, he won reelection, this time as a Jacksonian Republican, and served two terms, from 1823-1827. In 1826, Stewart shifted his support to John Q. Adams and the National Republicans, and won a fourth term in the House, serving until 1829. In 1830, Stewart would return to the House, as a member of the Anti-Masonic Party, serving two terms, 1831-1835. He ran unsuccessfully for reelection in 1834. In 1842, he won election back to Congress, as a Whig, serving three terms, 1843-1849. Stewart declined renomination in 1848. He later affiliated himself with the Republican Party.
Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1961 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1961), 1655-56; Gravestone, Oak Grove Cemetery, Uniontown, PA.