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STEWART, Bennett McVey (1912-1988)

STEWART, BENNETT MCVEY, a Representative from Illinois; born in Huntsville, Madison County, Ala., August 6, 1912; attended the public schools in Huntsville and Birmingham; B.A., Miles College, Birmingham, 1936; assistant principal, Irondale High School, 1936; associate professor of sociology, Miles College, 1938; insurance executive, insurance company, 1940; Illinois director, insurance company, 1950; inspector, Chicago Building Department, 1968; rehabilitation specialist, Chicago Department of Urban Renewal, 1968; elected alderman, Chicago City Council, Twenty-first ward, 1971; elected Democratic ward committeeman, Twenty-first ward, 1972; reelected alderman, 1975; reelected ward committeeman, 1976; delegate, Illinois State Democratic conventions, 1971-1978; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1972-1976; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth Congress (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1981); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh Congress; administrative assistant to Mayor Jane Byrne of Chicago, 1981-1983; was a resident of Chicago, Ill., until his death there on April 26, 1988.

Chicago History Museum
Research Center
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1971-1988, 0.5 linear foot.
The papers of Bennett McVey Stewart include correspondence, speeches, awards, and aldermanic campaign disclosure material of Stewart, Alderman of Chicago's 21st Ward from 1971 to 1978 and U.S. Congressman (Democrat) from the 1st Congressional District of Illinois from 1979 to 1980.

Photographs: ca. 1971-1985, 461 images.
Visual materials relating to the political career of Bennett M. Stewart, 21st Ward Alderman, Chicago (Ill.), 1971-78 and 1st District U.S. Congressman. Includes portraits of Stewart and group portraits of Stewart with local and national political figures, as well as images documenting Stewart's involvement with 21st Ward activities and various political functions.

  • "Bennett McVey Stewart" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.