Early life and education
Stewart was born in Clermont, Columbia County, New York on January 15, 1829. He moved with his parents to Peekskill, New York, where he attended the common schools and was graduated from Phillips Academy. He then attended Yale College to study medicine and graduated from the University Medical College of New York City in 1851, returning to his hometown of Peekskill to practice medicine.
In 1855, Stewart moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota, becoming the medical officer of Ramsey County in 1856 and then surgeon general of the State of Minnesota from 1857 – 1863. He was a member of the Minnesota Senate in 1858 and 1859, and during the American Civil War he served briefly as a surgeon in the Union Army.
Stewart was mayor of Saint Paul in 1864, 1868, and 1872 – 1874, and also served as postmaster of Saint Paul from 1865 – 1870. In 1876, he was elected as a Republican to the 45th congress, serving from March 4, 1877 to March 3, 1879. After leaving office, he served as surveyor general of Minnesota from 1879 – 1882, then resumed the practice of medicine in Saint Paul. He died on August 25, 1884 and is interred in Oakland Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Jacob H. Stewart (id: S000908)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
William S. King
| U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 3rd congressional district |
1877 – 1879
William D. Washburn