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Posted: January 2, 2020 10:29 AM
From: Representative James B. Struzzi, II
To: All House members
Subject: Jimmy Stewart Day in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan on introducing a Resolution making May 20th, 2020, Jimmy Stewart Day.

Mr. James “Jimmy” Maitland Stewart was a film star of national fame, having starred in over 80 big screen productions over a 55-year acting career. His most notable role, for which he earned an Oscar nomination, was his portrayal of George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” arguably the best holiday movie of all time. Mr. Stewart was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. In 1985, he was awarded an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his 50 years of performances.

Mr. Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana County, the son of Alexander and Elizabeth Stewart, who owned and operated the J.M. Stewart and Company Hardware Store. Mr. Stewart attended Princeton University and was granted an honorary degree in 1947, and later in life, was presented Princeton’s highest alumni honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award for outstanding public service.

In 1941, Mr. Stewart enlisted in the United States Army and was sent to Europe as a commander of a bomber squadron. He was honored with a number of military service recognition awards, including the Air Medal, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

In 1985 Mr. Stewart was awarded the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Mr. Stewart’s impact on Indiana County is immeasurable. His relatability and fame still attract tourists, holiday enthusiasts, and film lovers alike, providing a depth of appeal to our region. He is a beloved figure who epitomized American values both on screen and off.

Please join me in sponsoring this Resolution in order to honor a remarkable Indiana County, Pennsylvania native.

Introduced as HR687