STEWART, SAMUEL BROWN, City Clerk, Jacksonville, Ill., was born in Annapolis, Md., September 1, 1868, a son of John and Mary C. (Deem) Stewart. His father, who is of Scotch parentage, served for about ten years in the United States Navy as Master-at-Arms on the "U.S.S. Dispatch." During the Civil War he was assigned to duty on the "Paul Jones," on which vessel he saw most of his active service. Since 1884 he has resided at Ozawkie, Kans.
Samuel B. Stewart came to Jacksonville in November, 1884, and for several years resided with an aunt in that city. The common school education which he had begun while a resident of Maryland was supplemented by a year's course in Whipple Academy, after which he entered Illinois College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1891. Entering the employ of the "Jacksonville Journal" soon after the completion of his college course, he was a member of the staff of that paper for five years. For six months, in 1896, he acted as city editor of the "Springfield State Journal." Upon his return to Jacksonville he was associated with the "Illinois Courier" until May, 1897, when he was elected to the office of City Clerk as the nominee of the Republican party. He has been continuously reelected to that office every second year since 1897, his reelection in 1905 following one of the most hotly contested and bitter campaigns ever waged in any city in Illinois.
Fraternally, Mr. Stewart is identified with Jacksonville Lodge, No. 570, A.F.& A.M., Jacksonville Chapter, No. 3, R.A.M., Jacksonville Council, No. 5, R.&S.M., Hospitaler Commandery, No. 31, K.T., St. Paul Conclave Knights of the Red Cross of Rome and Constantine, the Consistory and Shrine at Peoria, and has been the Presiding Officer in the Chapter, Council and Commandery. He is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, in which he is Past Patron; of Illini Lodge, No. 4, I.O.O.F.; of Favorite Lodge, No. 376, K.P., and a charter member of Jacksonville Lodge, No. 682, B.P.O.E. He is a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. On June 6, 1893, he was united in marriage with Daisy D. Roosa, a daughter of Charles A. and Sarah V. (DeHaven) Roosa, now of Springfield, but formerly residents of Jacksonville. Mrs. Stewart is an influential member of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a graduate of the Illinois Conservatory of Music, at Jacksonville.