Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

James Augustus Stewart (1808-1879)
MSA SC 3520-2138


Born at "Tobacco Stick" (now Madison), Dorchester County, Maryland, November 24, 1808.  Attended local schools; Franklin College, Baltimore; studied law under Mayor E. I. Finley in Baltimore.  Admitted to the Baltimore bar, 1829.  Married Rebecca Sophia on January 31, 1837; six children.  Resided in Cambridge, Maryland.  Died in Cambridge, April 3, 1879.  Buried in Christ Protestant Episcopal Church Cemetery.

Engaged in the private practice of law, Cambridge, Maryland.  Shipbuilder; homebuilder.  Unsuccessful candidate for congress, 1838.  Director, Farmer's Bank of Maryland, Easton branch, 1840-41.  Maryland House of Delegates, Dorchester County, 1843-45; member, Ways and Means Committee.  Delegate to the Democratic Convention, Baltimore, 1844 and Cincinnati, 1856.  U.S. House of Representatives, 1855-61; chair, Committee on Patents.  Chief judge, First Judicial Circuit Court of Maryland (Dorchester, Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico counties), 1867-79.  Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1867-79.

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