Gustavous (Gustavus) Adolphous (Adolphus) Steward

Gustavous (Gustavus) Adolphous (Adolphus) Steward

Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Death 4 Jan 1966 (aged 82)
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Burial Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 5-D
Memorial ID 128318860 · View Source
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(Note: Birth year on headstone is most likely incorrect. His parents' family Bible lists his birth as 22 Nov 1881. His name is also spelled incorrectly on the headstone as compared to the family Bible).

(Also note: the biography below lists his death as 18 Jan 1966, as opposed to 04 Jan 1966 on his headstone. It is unknown at this time which date is correct. Still researching).

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Gustavus Adolphus Steward, an educator, writer and businessman, was born on November 22, 1881 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was one of eight sons born to African Methodist Episcopal minister Theophilus Gould Steward and Elizabeth (Gadsden) Steward. He was educated through the public school system in Missoula, Montana, attended the University of Montana, Missoula (1895-1898), graduated from Wilberforce University (1901) and recieved a Bachelor of Divinity from Oberlin Theological Seminary (1909). It was during this time that he married Winona Coleman.

Steward's career as an educator included teaching at a government school in Agno, Zambales, in the Philippines (1901); the St. Paul Normal and Industrial School, Laurenceville, Virginia (1909); high school in St. Joseph, Missouri (ca. mid-1910s); the Cheyney (Pa.) Training School for Teachers (1914), and the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (ca. 1917). In 1919, he began working as a cashier for the Supreme Life and Casualty Company (later called Fireside Mutual Insurance) in Columbus, Ohio, from which he would retire, in 1947, as officer and board of trustees member. During the 1920s to 1940s, Steward was also a contributing writer to various publications, including The Crisis Magazine, The Dearborn Independent, Opportunity, The Norfolk Journal & Guide and The Nation. He wrote essays and articles on race relations, social issues and religion, book reviews, and short stories, sometimes under the alias Peter Gadsden.

Steward died in Columbus, Ohio, on January 18, 1966. He and Winona, who died several years before him, had four children.

(Information from the description of Gustavus Adolphus Steward & his papers contained at the New York Public Library).

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