Portrait: Rodearmel, Senate of Pa., 1905.
Born in Shippensburg, Cumberland County on September 17, 1843, Senator Stewart was the son of Dr. Alexander and Elizabeth (Hammil) Stewart of Shippensburg; educated in common schools and Shippensburg Academy. Enlisted at 17, August 1862 in Co. D., 130th Regt., PVI, served as private, nine-month duty, seeing intense action with the Army of the Potomac: participated at South Mtn., celebrated his birthday at Antietam, fought at Fredericksburg, the Mud March, Chancellorsville, and deployed to detached service before muster-out, May 21, 1863. He re-enlisted with Co. K., 1st Lt., 201st Regt., PVI, Aug. 28, 1864, seeing further action in the Shenandoah Valley; guard duty at Fort Delaware and Washington, D.C., and mustered out on June 21, 1865, company commander. After the war, he travelled to Colorado, engaged for three years transporting freight by wagon across the plains; returned to Shippensburg to operate a hardware store; elected town burgess; ran a successful grain business; moved to Scotland, Franklin County; chaired the Republican county committee; member of numerous nominating and national conventions, and served two terms in the state Senate, 1901-1908. Alexander was the brother of Franklin County Senator, gubernatorial candidate, and state Supreme Court Justice John Stewart. The senator passed away January 12, 1911, described as an uncompromising fighter, but having a magnetic personality. He married Nancy Elizabeth Hays.
Bio: Chambersburg Public Opinion, January 13, 1911.