William Steuart (Mayor of Baltimore)

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William Steuart
Lieutenant colonel William Steuart, Mayor of Baltimore from 1831-32.[1]
Mayor of Baltimore
In office
Preceded by Jacob Small
Succeeded by Jesse Hunt
Lieutenant colonel, United States Army
Personal details
Born c. 1780
Died February 12, 1839[2]
Baltimore, Maryland.
Occupation Politician, Soldier

Lieutenant Colonel William Steuart (1780 – February 12, 1839) was a stone mason in colonial Maryland, and Mayor of Baltimore from 1831 to 1832.[3] He was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army during the War of 1812, and saw service during the Battle of Baltimore, where he commanded the 38th United States Infantry foot regiment.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Steuart was born in 1780 in Baltimore, Maryland to Robert Steuart.[4] He was brought up as a stonemason by his father and his uncle Hugh and became a Freemason, joining Concodia Lodge No. 13.[4] He married Elizabeth Hagerty of Alexandria, Virginia and had five sons and two daughters.[4]

War of 1812[edit]

Steuart served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 38th United States Infantry foot regiment during the Battle of Baltimore

During the War of 1812 Steuart served in the United States Army as Lieutenant Colonel of the 38th United States Infantry foot regiment, commanding a force of around 600 men.[2][5] Steuart was present at the Battle of Baltimore,[1] during which the American forces prevailed against the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, with Steuart's regiment "occupying the exposed and shelterless position beyond the outer ditch."[2]

Politics and business[edit]

After the War of 1812, Steuart was elected as a delegate to the Maryland Assembly,[6] and later became Mayor of Baltimore from 1831 to 1832.[1] Steuart was Mayor of Baltimore for one term only, serving during the unexpired term of Mayor Jacob Small, who resigned his office on March 31, 1831 [2]

Steuart was a building contractor and he prepared the stone work for the Washington Monument (Baltimore). In addition he worked on the Court House erected in 1805 (since demolished), and other large buildings of the time.[2]

He also held a number of other civil offices in State and City government, in addition to being a member of the Vigilant Fire Company. He was appointed to the office of City Collector a few days before his death.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Steuart at politicalgraveyard.com Retrieved August 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e f g William Steuart at www.msa.md.gov Retrieved April 2011
  3. ^ "William Steuart, MSA SC 3520-12469". msa.maryland.gov. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  4. ^ a b c Schultz, Edward T. (1885-01-01). History of freemasonry in Maryland, of all the rites introduced into Maryland, from the earliest times to the present .. J. H. Medairy& co. 
  5. ^ Andrews, p.441
  6. ^ Griffith, Thomas Waters, p.215, Annals of Baltimore, 1815 Retrieved August 2010


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Preceded by
Jacob Small
Mayor of Baltimore
Succeeded by
Jesse Hunt