Samuel Alexander Stewart

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Samuel Alexander Stewart (1826, Philadelphia – 1910) was an American Irish botanist and geologist.


Stewart was born to an Irish family in Philadelphia in 1826. He was by profession a trunk maker but his interest was in plants. His mother died in America and his father returned to Ireland in 1837.[1]

Stewart left school at eleven initially worked with his fathers at a distillers. Eventually both of them worked in his family's trunk-making business. Whilst we worked Stewart had a very thin education from the local Sunday school.[1]

He attended Ralph Tate's science classes from 1860 and he was a founder member of the Belfast Naturalists' Field Club.[2] He became an assistant curator of the Belfast Natural History Society Museum Eleven years later in 1891 he was appointed Curator. He died after falling whilst crossing the road.[1]

Samuel Alexander Stewart is best known for editing Stewart, S.A. & Corry, Thomas, Hughes. 1888 The flora of the north-east of Ireland. Corry (1860 - 1883) drowned in Lough Gill, Co. Sligo and Stewart completed the Flora alone.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Samuel Stewart, plants.jstor, retrieved November 2014
  2. ^ a b Crowther, Peter. 2013. Citizen Science 150 years of the Belfast Naturalists' Field Club. National Museums Northern Ireland. ISBN 090076158X
  • Robert Lloyd Praeger Some Irish naturalists: A Biographical Note-book W.Tempest, Dundalgan Press, Dundalk, 1949

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