Charles E. Stuart

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Charles Edward Stuart
Charles E Stuart.jpg
United States Senator
from Michigan
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1859
Preceded by Alpheus Felch
Succeeded by Kinsley S. Bingham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 2nd district
In office
December 6, 1847 – March 3, 1849
Preceded by Edward Bradley
Succeeded by William Sprague
Personal details
Born (1810-11-25)November 25, 1810
Waterloo, New York, US
Died May 19, 1887(1887-05-19) (aged 76)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, US
Profession Politician, Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Union Army
Rank Union army col rank insignia.jpg Colonel
Unit Michigan 13th Michigan Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

Charles Edward Stuart (November 25, 1810 – May 19, 1887) was a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan.


Stuart was born in New York, either near Waterloo, New York, or in Columbia County. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1832, and commenced practice in Waterloo. He moved to Michigan in 1835 and settled in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Stuart was a member of the state house of representatives in 1842 and was elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 2nd congressional district to the 30th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edward Bradley. He served in the U.S.House from December 6, 1847, to March 4, 1849 and was defeated for reelection in 1848 by William Sprague. Two years later, he defeated Sprague by being elected to the 32nd Congress, serving from March 4, 1851 to March 4, 1853. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State in the 32nd Congress.

Stuart was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1852 and served in the 34th, 35th, and 36th Congresses from March 4, 1853 to March 4, 1859. He was the President pro tempore of the Senate during the 34th Congress, and chairman of the Committee on Public Lands in the 34th and 35th Congresses. He did not seek reelection to the Senate but was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Michigan in 1858. He resumed the practice of law in Kalamazoo and was a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Convention from Michigan.

During the Civil War, Stuart raised and equipped the 13th Michigan Infantry, of which he was commissioned colonel. He later resigned due to ill health.

Charles E. Stuart died in Kalamazoo and was interred in Mountain Home Cemetery. His home in Kalamazoo at 427 Stuart Ave. is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The surrounding Stuart Area Historic District is also listed.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward Bradley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 2nd congressional district

December 6, 1847 – March 4, 1849
Succeeded by
William Sprague
Preceded by
William Sprague
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1851 – March 4, 1853
Succeeded by
David A. Noble
United States Senate
Preceded by
Alpheus Felch
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Michigan
March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1859
Served alongside: Lewis Cass and Zachariah Chandler
Succeeded by
Kinsley S. Bingham
Political offices
Preceded by
Jesse D. Bright
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
June 9, 1856 – June 10, 1856
Succeeded by
Jesse D. Bright