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STEWART, George Swayne

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STEWART, George Swayne. (Dubuque, IA, Mar. 25, 1866--Unknown). Stewart was only a child when his parents moved the family to Norwalk, Ohio. He was educated in Norwalk schools and at Oberlin College. He later studied law in the office of his father, Gideon Tabor Stewart, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar on March 3, 1888.

Stewart began his career in Norwalk associated with his father in the practice of law. Later he became interested in the manufacturing business and began the G. S. Stewart Company. He served as the company president. The principal products were cedar chests, screens, decorated furniture, and wholesale lumber. The G. S. Stewart Company factory occupied a block close to the business center of the town and was the largest employer in Norwalk.

Stewart was a leader in civic activities in Norwalk and an strong supporter of PROHIBITION and woman suffrage. He was the chairman of the Huron County Dry Committee in the campaign preceding the fall election of November 7, 1918, which resulted in Ohio becoming a "dry" state. He helped to organize Norwalk's Memorial Hospital and served as member of the hospital board of directors. Stewart was one of the organizers of the local Kiwanis Club, a member of the library board, and vice president of the Whittlesey Academy of which his father was one of the founders. During the WORLD WAR I, he was active in the Red Cross and Liberty Loan Drives.

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Source:

Duff, William A. History of North Central Ohio Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties. Topeka-Indianapolis: Historical Publishing Company, 1931. Online: http://www.onlinebiographies.info/oh/nco/stewart-gs.htm