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Samuel Vernon Stewart

Gov. Samuel Vernon Stewart

  • January 6, 1913 - January 2, 1921
  • Democratic
  • August 2, 1872
  • September 15, 1939
  • Ohio
  • University of Kansas
  • Married Stella Baker; three children


SAMUEL V. STEWART, the sixth governor of Montana, was born in Monroe County, Ohio on August 2, 1872. His education was attained at Kansas Normal College in Fort Scott, at Kansas State Normal College in Emporia, and at the University of Kansas, where he earned a law degree in 1898. Stewart then established his legal career in Virginia City, Montana. He served as the city attorney for two terms, as well as serving as the Madison County attorney from 1904 to 1908. Stewart entered politics in 1910, serving as the state chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee, a position he held two years. Stewart next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in November 1912. He was reelected to a second term in 1916. During his tenure, a fish and game law was sanctioned; a council of defense was authorized; and a state highway commission was formed. Also, two additional justices were added to the state supreme court; a sedition act was passed; and World War I issues were dealt with. After completing his term, Stewart left office on January 1, 1921. He returned to politics in 1930, serving as a member of the Montana House of Representatives, a position he held one term. He also served as a state supreme court justice from 1932 to 1939. Governor Samuel V. Stewart passed away on September 15, 1939, and was buried in the Forestvale Cemetery in Helena, Montana.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

News Article (September 19, 1939). Great Falls Tribune.

Burlingame, Merrill G; Toole, K. Ross. History of Montana. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing. Co. 1957.

Montana Governor's Papers, 1889-1905 (MC 35A). Montana Historical Society.

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