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John W. Stewart

Counsellor at Law/Governor of Vermont

Centurion, 1897–1915

Full Name John Wolcott Stewart

Born 24 November 1825 in Middlebury, Vermont

Died 29 October 1915 in Middlebury, Vermont

Buried Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Vermont

Proposed by Edward John Phelps and Frederic B. Jennings

Elected 1 May 1897 at age seventy-one

Archivist’s Note: Father of Philip B. Stewart

Century Memorial

A very distinguished non-resident member was John Wolcott Stewart, whose ninety years of life were passed in health and well-being, and to whom death came as the stopping of a clock that has run down. He had represented the State of Vermont in both houses of Congress; yet was always called Governor from the office which he filled at the time of the Civil War. Although a sturdy partisan like the late Tom Reed, whom in some respects he resembled, his affability won him friends in every party, while his integrity commanded universal respect. A remarkable memory, combined with observation and humor, enabled him to reproduce the Vermont pioneers with most entertaining fidelity, and give details of their picturesque habits. Through the death of this genial old gentleman, a compendium of history and anecdote has passed away.

Henry Osborn Taylor
1916 Century Association Yearbook