STEWART, James Augustus (1808-1879)

STEWART, JAMES AUGUSTUS, a Representative from Maryland; born at ``Tobacco Stick'' (now Madison), Dorchester County, Md., November 24, 1808; attended the local schools; studied law in Baltimore, Md.; was admitted to the bar in 1829 and commenced practice in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Md.; also engaged in the building of ships and houses; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; member of the State house of delegates 1843-1845; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth, Thirty-fifth, and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on Patents (Thirty-fifth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1860; resumed the practice of his profession in Cambridge; member of the Court of Appeals of Maryland and chief justice of the circuit court from 1867 until his death in Cambridge, Md., April 3, 1879; interment in Christ Protestant Episcopal Church Cemetery.

University of Maryland
McKeldin Library
College Park, MD
Papers: In the Charles Lanman papers, 1823-1868. 1 foot.
Autobiographical or biographical letter. Unpublished inventory in library.

  • Stewart, James Augustus. Maryland politics and the election of speaker. Speech of Hon. Jas. A. Stewart, in reply to Hon. Henry Winter Davis. Delivered in the House of Representatives, June 2, 1860. [Washington]: T. McGill, printer, [1860].
  • ------. Powers of the government of the United States--federal, state, and territorial. Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1856.
  • ------. Speech of Hon. James A. Stewart, of Maryland, on the admission of Kansas. Delivered in the House of Representatives, March 20, 1858. [Washington, D.C.: N.p., 1858].