Joseph Francis Stewart

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Joseph Francis Stewart, known as Joe Stewart (1889 – 6 May 1964), was an Irish nationalist politician.

After growing up in Dungannon, where he studied at the Christian Brothers' School, Stewart worked as a wine merchant and became active in the Irish Parliamentary Party. At the January 1910 general election he worked as the election agent for Thomas Kettle.[1]

In 1923 Stewart was elected to the Dungannon Board of Governors, a post he held until the Board was dissolved in 1948.[2] He was also elected to Tyrone County Council for the Nationalist Party, was a long-time member of Dungannon Urban District Council,[1] and was the President of the Tyrone Ancient Order of Hibernians.[2]

At the 1929 general election Stewart was elected to Stormont for the seat of East Tyrone, which he held until his death in 1964.[1]

Following the death of Joseph Devlin, Stewart was elected to Westminster at the 1934 Fermanagh and Tyrone by-election, but he stood down at the following year's general election.[1]

In 1958 Stewart became the Chairman of the Nationalist Party at Stormont, a position he retained until his death.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Northern Ireland Parliament Elections Results: Biographies
  2. ^ a b Brendan Lynn, Holding the Ground: The Nationalist Party in Northern Ireland, 1945 - 72 (1997), ISBN 1-85521-980-8
Parliament of Northern Ireland
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Tyrone
1929 - 1964
Succeeded by
Austin Currie
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joseph Devlin
Member of Parliament for Fermanagh and Tyrone
1934 - 1935
With: Cahir Healy
Succeeded by
Patrick Cunningham
Anthony Mulvey
Party political offices
Preceded by
James McSparran
Leader of the Nationalist Party at Stormont
Succeeded by
Eddie McAteer