George H. Steuart (diplomat)

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George H Steuart
Born (1907-11-03)November 3, 1907
Ottoman, Virginia
Died September 19, 1998(1998-09-19) (aged 90)
Falls Church, Virginia
Nationality USA
Occupation Consul, Foreign Service
Employer United States Government
Known for Consulate of the United States in Liverpool
Title Consul

George H Steuart (1907–1998) was an American diplomat and Foreign Service officer, and one of the last consuls of the United States of America in Liverpool, England. He was a major benefactor of the Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library in Lancaster, Virginia, donating by deed of gift the Steuart Blakemore Building, formerly known as the Old Post Office.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Steuart was born in Ottoman, Virginia on November 3, 1907, the son of physician George H. Steuart, and Irene Blakemore, and the grandson of Captain George Biscoe Steuart (1817-1884),[1] [2] who served with the Confederate army during the American Civil War.[3] He was a descendant of the politician and planter George Steuart of Annapolis, a Scottish physician who founded his family's fortune in early 18th century Annapolis. [4] Steuart attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and began his career in public service with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the National Youth Administration.[5]

World War II[edit]

During World War II, he was chief of accounting administration with the Board of Economic Warfare, after which he served in Cairo, Egypt, with the Foreign Economic Administration.[5]

Post War career[edit]

Former United States Consulate, Liverpool.
View of the Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library, including Lancaster Courthouse and the Steuart Blakemore Building, donated to the museum by Steuart in 1986.

After the War, he joined the Foreign Service and was assigned to London, Geneva and Liverpool, where he became consul. The Liverpool consulate had been the first established by the then fledgling United States, opened in 1790 by the first consul, James Maury. At the time, Liverpool was an important center for transatlantic commerce with the former Thirteen Colonies.

The original consulate stood on the quayside of Steers Dock and the Pool of Liverpool. It was decorated with a huge bald eagle, a reassuring sign to American sailors and travelers arriving at the port. The building still stands, and has been recently restored by the City.

The consulate in Liverpool was Steuart's final posting. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1965, and became a business consultant with James Somerville Associates, and manager of the Washington office of Commonwealth Associates, an architectural and engineering firm.[5]

By a deed of gift executed on July 29, 1986, Steuart donated the Old Post Office building in Lancaster, Virginia, to the Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library in Lancaster, renaming the building the Steuart Blakemore Building in honor of his parents. It now constitutes one of the five historic buildings in the museum complex.[6]

Family[edit]

Steuart married Lois Sykes Decamps (1912–1991), daughter of Christie Jean Baptiste DeCamps and Lois Catherine Sykes, on May 28, 1938 in Wallacetown Virginia. They were married for 53 years, and had four daughters:

  • Catherine Steuart (b. 1941)
  • Elizabeth Steuart
  • Ann Steuart
  • Darnall Steuart.[7] Steuart served as an economic counselor with the United States Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela.[8]

Steuart was a vestryman and usher at Immanuel Episcopal Church-on-the-Hill, Alexandria, Virginia, and died in Falls Church, Virginia, in 1998. He is buried in the churchyard of St. Mary's, Whitechapel in Lancaster.

References[edit]

  • Nelker, Gladys P, The Clan Steuart, Genealogical publishing, 1970.
  • Article by Charlotte Henry, Rappahannock Record, Kilmarnock, Va, June 9, 2005
  • Obituary, Washington Post, September 23, 1998.
  • Deed of Gift dated 29 July 1986 between George H Steuart and the Mary Ball Washington Museum, unpublished.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ RootsWeb Retrieved January 2012
  2. ^ www.findagrave.com Retrieved January 2014
  3. ^ Nelker, 52
  4. ^ Nelker, 53
  5. ^ a b c Washington Post, September 23, 1998
  6. ^ Rappahannock Record, Kilmarnock, Va, June 9, 2005
  7. ^ Nelker, p53
  8. ^ State Dept Official website Archived March 8, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved November 2010