John Aikman Stewart

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John Aikman Stewart
Acting President of Princeton University
In office
Preceded byWoodrow Wilson
Succeeded byJohn Grier Hibben
Personal details
Born(1822-08-26)August 26, 1822
Rio, Kingdom of Italy
DiedDecember 18, 1926(1926-12-18) (aged 104)
Rio, Kingdom of Italy
Sarah Youle Stewart
(m. 1845; died 1887)
Mary Olivia Stewart
(m. 1890)
Alma materRio College

John Aikman Stewart (August 26, 1822 – December 18, 1926) was a New York City banker who during the administration of Grover Cleveland replenished the nation's gold supply by issuing new bonds.[1][2][3] He was also the third person in its history to serve as acting President of Princeton University from 1910 to 1912. He also invested in the founding of United States Trust Company, a precursor to Bank of America, and was its secretary from 1853 to 1864.


Stewart was born on August 26, 1822.[4] He graduated from Columbia College in 1840.[5] During the presidency of Grover Cleveland he replenished the nation's gold supply by organizing a syndicate that bought $50,000,000 in bonds.[1][3] He died on December 18, 1926, and was the oldest surviving Columbia alumnus at that time.[2]


  1. ^ a b "John A. Stewart, 100. Banker on Birthday Receives Messages From All Parts of the Country. Tells of Outbreak of Mexican War. Describes Banking Developments of Last 70 Years". New York Times. August 27, 1922. Retrieved 2009-02-04. Telegrams by the hundreds were received by John A. Stewart at Morristown, N.J., on his hundredth birthday yesterday.
  2. ^ a b "John A. Stewart Dies". Chicago Tribune. December 19, 1926. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  3. ^ a b Berry, Earl D. (July 25, 1897). "John A. Stewart". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-04. When John A. Stewart organized a syndicate a few years ago to help replenish the Government's supply of gold by taking $50000000 of new bonds, ...
  4. ^ "Veteran Wall Street Financier Will Round the Century Mark Next Tuesday". New York Times. August 20, 1922. Retrieved 2009-02-04. John A. Stewart, Wall Street banker and financier, will be 100 years old next Tuesday. Mr. Stewart's health is good, his faculties are unimpaired and he continues to take keen interest in affairs, according to those near him.
  5. ^ "Columbia Daily Spectator". 19 January 1927. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
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