George C. Stuart, a leading citizen of Franklin, Johnson County, Ind., who was born in Pleasant Township, Johnson County, September 15, 1843, and is the son of James R. and Mary (Pearce) Stuart, both natives of Wythe County, Va. He was reared on the farm, and received a good common school education. In 1882 he was elected by the democrats to the office of sheriff of Johnson County, and leaving the farm, removed to Franklin. He was reelected sheriff in 1884, holding that office four years, the constitutional term. He is a member of the Masonic and K. of P. fraternities, and in the former has received the Knight Templar and Scottish Right degrees. He was married December 21, 1865, to Angeline Tracey, who was born in Pleasant Township, Johnson County, Ind., in September 1849, and is the daughter of John Tracey. Upon retiring from the sheriff’s office, in 1887, he was presented with a gold-headed cane by the court, bar and officers, and the following resolutions were adopted and spread on record: “Resolution adopted by the bar and court at April term of the Johnson circuit court, and ordered spread on the records. [Record Book, No. 28, page 203. Adopted April 24, 1887]: At this time, it being suggested to the court that the term of office of George C. Stuart, the present sheriff of this county, will expire before the next term of this court, the court, on motion, appointed a committee to draft a resolution expressing the feeling of the court, members of the bar and officers of the court, and the esteem in which he is held. Thereupon the court appointed Jacob L. White, William A. Johnson and Robert M. Miller, attorneys of this court, to prepare suitable resolutions in accordance with said motion. Thereupon said committee retired, and returning into court submitted the following: Whereas, This is the last term of this court at which George C. Stuart will be present and officiate as sheriff, by reason of the expiration of his term of office, the court and bar of Johnson County embrace the opportunity of placing upon the records of this court the following testimonial: Resolved, That during his consecutive terms of office as sheriff of this court we have found in George C. Stuart an honest, energetic and obliging officer, an upright gentleman, and a genial and courteous companion. That by his impartiality in the selection of juries, in his treatment of the members of the bar, and of litigants and the public at large, he has secured our entire confidence, sincere friendship and respect. That the foregoing be spread on record as an expression of the unanimous feelings of this court, its officers and the bar.”

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 660.