Bio of John G. Stewart
As found in REPRESENTATIVE MEN OF MAINE
A Collection of Biographical Sketches.
Prepaired under the direction of Henry Chase
Portland, ME.
The Lakeside Press, Publisher
1893

FROM the individual character of the man, one is not surprised to know that be traces his ancestry to the highlands of Scotland. His great-grandfather, Allan Stewart, a native of Invernesshire, came to America during the Revolutionary War as a private in Colonel Campbell's regiment of Highlanders, was taken prisoner in Boston, and afterwards enlisted in Colonel Cilley's Fourth New Hampshire Regiment. His maternal grandfather, Archibald Ritchie, a Scotch Covenanter, was evicted from his tenancy in Greenock because of his refusal to vote for his landlord as a Member of Parliament. and came to America in 1844.

Allan Stewart's son, Allan, married Mary Miller, whose parents were Scotch emigrants, and their youngest son, Duncan Stewart, married Margaret Ritchie, the daughter of Archibald. Three children were born to them, John Conant, Archibald Ritchie, and Mary Elizabeth, now the wife of Charles B. Sturtevant, M. D., of Manchester, N. H. The second son, Archibald R., died when twelve years of age. Duncan Stewart was a man of the strictest integrity, a farmer and country store-keeper, and a Ruling Elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Topsham, Orange County, Vt. where he died in 1882.

John Conant Stewart was born in Ryegate, Caledonia County, Vt., June 19, 1850; educated in the common schools, Peacham (Vt.) Academy, and Dartmouth College, from which he graduated in 1873. Three years later he graduated from Dartmouth Medical College, as valedictorian of his class, and began the practice of his profession in York, Me., the day that President Hayes was elected. During the ten years he continued in practice he was a frequent contributor to the standard medical journals and acquired a reputation rarely equalled in so short a time.

He has always been actively interested in advancing the prosperity of his locality. In. 1875 he engaged in the lumber trade, importing the first lumber ever kept for sale in town. When he began the practice of medicine he disposed of his lumber trade, which is still successfully carried on. In 1877, in partnership with Mr. Charles L. Grant, he established a line of Concord coaches from York Beach to Portsmouth, N. H. This business flourished until the travel outgrew the stage-coach, when he became an incorporator of the York Harbor and Beach Railroad. For several years he was a Director and Clerk of the corporation. He was also a contractor in its construction. In 2883 he organized the S. S. S. Building Association of York, of which he is President. For two years he was engaged in the manufacture of bricks and lumber in company with Mr. J. P. Norton. In 1891 he organized the Orient Mutual Life Insurance Company, of which he is President. He is also President of the People's Prohibitory Enforcement League of Maine, a corporation created by special act of the Legislature for the better enforcement of the prohibitory laws of the State. By the friends of prohibition he is recognized as a leader, and he has won for himself a place among the foremost temperance men of the State. He is well known as a "fraternity man," being a Mason, a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Knights of Pythias, and especially prominent in the Independent Order of Good Templars and the United Order of the Golden Cross, of which latter organization he has been Grand Commander of the State, and at present holds an important office in the Supreme Commandery of the World.

In politics he has always been an uncompromising Republican. He has held many of the minor offices in the gift of his town, was six sears a Deputy Sheriff of York County, and in 1890 was nominated by the Republicans as a candidate for Senator. Hon. Charles H. Adams of Limerick and Hon. Joseph F. Warren of Buxton were his associates on the ticket, and they were elected by the largest Republican majority ever cast in the county. He took a prominent part in the proceedings of the Senate, serving on the Committees on Banks and Banking, on Congressional Apportionment, on Engrossed Bills, on Labor, and as chairman of the Committee on Temperance, and was recognized as one of the ablest debaters on the floor. He was one of the delegates appointed by Governor (leaves to represent Maine in the first session of the Pan-American Medical Congress of 1893.

His first experience as a campaign speaker was in 1876. He has been actively engaged in every campaign since, and is a pleasing and forcible speaker. He has recently been elected a member of the American Academy of Social and Political Science.


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