U.S. Congressman, Lawyer. He was one of the first lawyers to establish a practice in Springfield. Abraham Lincoln studied law under Stuart and became his first partner in 1837. Before this, Stuart had served in the Black Hawk War, as a major of a battalion in which Lincoln commanded a company. Also, the two had roomed together at Vandalia in 1834. Stuart served as titular head of the Whig party of Sangamon County and as such served 2 terms as State Representative, 3 terms in the U.S. Congress, and one term as a State Senator.
Bio by: Connie Nisinger
Mary Virginia Nash Stuart