William Steuart (1780-1839)
MSA SC 3520-12469
Source: Wilbur F. Coyle, The Mayors of Baltimore (Reprinted
from The Baltimore Municipal Journal, 1919) 37-38.
|William Steuart, Mayor of Baltimore, 1831 to 1832, served only during
the unexpired term of Mayor Small, who resigned March 31st, 1831.
The Electors, who chose Mayor Small in 1830, elected William Steuart as his successor. During this Steuart administration the limits of direct taxation (that is, territory having police protection and street lighting) were again extended. The old Alms House property, in the vicinity of Biddle Street and Madison Avenue, was authorized to be sold. Ordinances permitting the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company to lay tracks on Pratt, Camden, Greene, Howard and Liberty Street, etc; and likewise for the Baltimore and Susquehanna (later Northern Central) Railroad to use Canal (Central Avenue) and other streets were passed provision for bridges over Chatsworth Run at Lombard and Penn Streets, also across Jones Falls at Hillen Street and another over the same stream at Water Street, was made during this administration. Other legislation at this period resulted eventually in the opening of Fayette Street from Cove (now Fremont) to Gilmor streets and Division Street from Biddle to the City limits. The second public school building was erected in 1832. Col. William Steuart was a stone cutter and builder, and a member of the First Branch of the City Council for several terms. He also served in the House of Delegates. As a contractor he prepared the stone work of the Washington Monument; of the Court House erected in 1805 (since razed), and other large buildings of that time. He was lieutenant-colonel of the Thirty-eighth United States Infantry and participated in the defense of Baltimore in 1814, "occupying the exposed and shelterless position beyond the outer ditch." In 1826 Colonel Steuart was appointed, with several other prominent Baltimoreans, to receive subscriptions to Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company stock. He was a member of the Vigilant Fire Company and received the appointment of City Collector a few days before his demise. He held various other civil offices in State and City governments. Colonel Steuart died February 12, 1839.
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