Stewart, William Henry (1818–1903)

By: Robert G. Stewart

Type: Biography

Published: July 1, 1995

William Henry Stewart, attorney and judge, son of Joseph Fookes and Rachel (Linthicum) Stewart, was born at Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland, on May 8, 1818. He attended Dickinson grammar school and in 1837 entered Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from which he received an A.B. in 1841. He was admitted to the bar in Cambridge, Maryland, in 1843. He moved to Iowa in 1844 and to Texas in the fall of 1844. He settled in Gonzales and was elected mayor in 1848. In 1849 he was elected to the Texas legislature. He served in the legislature until 1850 and again in 1860. He served with the rank of major in the Quartermaster Corps of the Confederate Army. He was a member of the Texas Constitutional Committee of 1875. Stewart settled in 1868 in Galveston, where he was elected judge of the district court of the Tenth Judicial District of Texas in 1876 and served continuously until his death. He became a Baptist in 1870. He first married Adeline Morrison, by whom he had no issue. He then married Adeline Tomlinson, by whom he had two daughters. He subsequently married Mamie Brown. His fourth marriage was to Mary Walker Minor, by whom he had two sons, one of whom, Maco, was the father of Maco Stewart. William Stewart died on March 26, 1903, in Galveston.

William S. Speer and John H. Brown, eds., Encyclopedia of the New West (Marshall, Texas: United States Biographical Publishing, 1881; rpt., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Second Legislature (1847-1848)
  • Third Legislature (1849-1850)
  • House
Time Periods:
  • Civil War

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Robert G. Stewart, “Stewart, William Henry,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 11, 2022,

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July 1, 1995

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