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 John Wolcott Stewart

John Wolcott Stewart

Birth
Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Death 29 Oct 1915 (aged 89)
Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Burial Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 22696 · View Source
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Vermont Senator, Governor of Vermont, U.S. Congressman, Businessman. He attended Middlebury Academy graduating in 1846. He studied law with former Senator Horatio Seymour, admitted to bar, and commenced practice in 1850. He became State’s Attorney from Addison County from 1852 to 1854; Vermont House, 1856; and delegate to Republican national convention in 1860. He had a playing role in switch of Vermont delegation from United States Presidential Candidate Seward to Lincoln. In 1860, he married Emma Battell and had six children: Emma, Philip, Elga, twins Jessica and Robert, and John. He was elected to the Vermont Senate from 1861 to 1862 and the Vermont House from 1865 to 1867, serving as Speaker. He was the Governor of Vermont from 1870 to 1872; the first Governor elected after terms were changed from one year to two years. He served in Vermont House in 1876, serving as Speaker. He was elected to US House from 1883 to 1891. He was Director and President of Middlebury Bank and engaged in other businesses in Middlebury. He was appointed by Governor Fletcher Proctor to the US Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Proctor’s father, Redfield Proctor, serving March 24, 1908 to October 21, 1908, when a successor was elected. He retired to Middlebury, where his 25 Stewart Lane home, built by Charles Swift’s grandfather Judge Samuel Swift, is a Middlebury business called the Swift House Inn. Graduate, Middlebury College, 1846. Studied law with former Senator Horatio Seymour, admitted to bar, commenced practice, 1850. State’s Attorney, Addison County, 1852-54. Vermont House, 1856, Delegate to Republican national convention, 1860, playing role in switch of Vermont delegation from Seward to Lincoln. Married Emma Battell, 1860. Six children – Emma, Philip, Elga, twins Jessica and Robert, and John. Vermont Senate, 1861-62. Vermont House, 1865-1867, serving as Speaker. Governor of Vermont 1870-1872. First Governor elected after terms were changed from one year to two years. Vermont House, 1876, serving as Speaker. US House, 1883-91. Director and President, Middlebury Bank. Engaged in other businesses in Middlebury. Appointed by Governor Fletcher Proctor to the US Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Proctor’s father, Redfield Proctor, serving March 24, 1908 to October 21, 1908, when a successor was elected. Retired to Middlebury. Daughter Jessica married businessman Charles M. Swift and became a noted philanthropist. His 25 Stewart Lane home, built by Charles Swift’s grandfather Judge Samuel Swift, is a Middlebury business called the Swift House Inn.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 22696
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Wolcott Stewart (24 Nov 1825–29 Oct 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22696, citing Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .