Charles Stewart (1729–1800)

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Charles Stewart (1729 – June 24, 1800) was an officer during the American Revolutionary War and a Continental Congressman.


Stewart was born in Gortlea in County Donegal, Ireland. He emigrated to the United States in 1750 and pursued a career in agriculture. Stewart was commissioned lieutenant colonel of militia in Hunterdon County, New Jersey in 1771, and commissioned colonel of a battalion of Minutemen on February 15, 1776. He served in four sessions of the Provincial Congress of New Jersey (1775–76)

After the outbreak of war, he was appointed commissary general of issues by the Continental Congress on June 18, 1777. Stewart later became a New Jersey delegate to the Continental Congress in 1784 and 1785.

Stewart died June 24, 1800, at a farm he owned on Mt. Carmel (Coxe's Hill) in Flemington. He is interred at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Grandin, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Gen. Farrand Stewart Stranahan was his great-grandson.