James Garfield Stewart

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James Garfield Stewart
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Cincinnati Mayor
In office
Preceded by Russell Wilson
Succeeded by Carl W. Rich
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
March 5, 1947 – April 3, 1959
Appointed by Thomas J. Herbert
Preceded by Charles S. Bell
Succeeded by John Weld Peck II
Personal details
Born (1880-11-17)November 17, 1880
Springfield, Ohio
Died April 3, 1959(1959-04-03) (aged 78)
Louisville, Kentucky
Resting place Springfield, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Harriet L. Potter (divorced)
Children Potter, Zeph
Irene Potter Stewart Taylor
Alma mater Kenyon College
Cincinnati Law School

James Garfield Stewart (November 17, 1880 – April 3, 1959)[1] was a Republican from Cincinnati, Ohio. He served as mayor of Cincinnati from 1938 to 1947 and then as justice on the Ohio Supreme Court from 1947 to 1959. Stewart's son Potter (1915 - 1985) was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Another son, Zeph Stewart, was the master of Lowell House and head of the Classics department at Harvard. His daughter was Irene Potter Stewart Taylor, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Life and career[edit]

Stewart was born in Springfield, Ohio, and graduated from Kenyon College in 1902. He graduated from Cincinnati Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1905.[1] He opened a private practice in Springfield for three years before joining Hugh L. Nichols' firm in Cincinnati in 1908. He was elected to City Council in 1934, and was Mayor 1938-1947.[1]

March 5, 1947, Governor Thomas J. Herbert nominated Stewart to the seat on the Ohio Supreme Court vacated by the resignation of Charles S. Bell. He was re-elected in 1948, 1952 and 1958. He died April 3, 1959 after giving a speech in Kentucky. His funeral was at Christ Church in Cincinnati, with burial in Springfield.[1]

Stewart and Harriet L. Potter were married in 1911, and later divorced.[1]


External links[edit]

James Garfield Stewart at Find a Grave

Party political offices
Preceded by
John W. Bricker
Republican Party nominee for Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Thomas J. Herbert