He was the son of Alexander Stewart-Smith, of London and Hong Kong. He was educated at University College London. He obtained an LLB at London University. He married Katherine Cautley of Burton Pidsea. They had two sons and three daughters.
Stewart-Smith received a call to the bar in 1886, and was made a Bencher at Middle Temple. He was appointed a King's Council in April 1902. He was Chairman of the Lancaster Quarter Sessions (Salford Hundred). He was on the Council of the Victoria and Liverpool Universities. He was a Royal Commissioner (Land Transfer). He was a Justice of the Peace in Westmorland, Lancashire, and Cheshire. He sat as Liberal MP for the Kendal Division of Westmorland from 1906 to 1910. He gained the seat from the Conservatives at the 1906 General Election, winning at his first attempt. He lost his seat back to the Conservatives at the General Election of January 1910. He contested Nottingham East, in December 1910 without success and did not stand for parliament again. He was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster in 1912. He was knighted in the 1917 Birthday Honours. He published Law of Winding-up and Reconstruction of Joint-Stock Companies.
- Who Was Who; http://www.ukwhoswho.com
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1885 - 1918, F. W. S. Craig
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