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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