Biography of Willaim Riley Stewart
Winona County, MN Biographies

WILLIAM RILEY STEWART, born in Connecticut in 1817, removed with his parents while young to Steuben county, New York. Remained there until 1845, engaged in lumbering. He then removed to Lake county, Illinois, where he remained about nine years, and worked at blacksmithing. Removed to Rolling Stone township, Minnesota, November, 1854, and engaged in farming. Was married February 4, 1843, to Miss Helen Drew. The fruit of this marriage were four children, all of whom are living. Mrs. Stewart died in 1855. On May 20, 1856, Mr. Stewart married Miss Albina Drew. The fruit of this marriage were ten children, five of whom are living. Mr. Stewart has held the office of county supervisor and other minor offices. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart are members of the Baptist church. The first sermon ever preached in Rolling Stone valley was preached at the house of Mr. Stewart, in the fall of 1856. Mr. Stewart owns about 350 acres. In politics, republican.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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