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Bennett McVey STEWART

(1912-1988)

STEWART, Bennett McVey, a Representative from Illinois; born in Huntsville, Madison County, Ala., August 6, 1912; attended the public schools in Huntsville and Birmingham; B.A., Miles College, Birmingham, 1936; assistant principal, Irondale High School, 1936; associate professor of sociology, Miles College, 1938; insurance executive, insurance company, 1940; Illinois director, insurance company, 1950; inspector, Chicago Building Department, 1968; rehabilitation specialist, Chicago Department of Urban Renewal, 1968; elected alderman, Chicago City Council, Twenty-first ward, 1971; elected Democratic ward committeeman, Twenty-first ward, 1972; reelected alderman, 1975; reelected ward committeeman, 1976; delegate, Illinois State Democratic conventions, 1971-1978; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1972-1976; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth Congress (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1981); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh Congress; administrative assistant to Mayor Jane Byrne of Chicago, 1981-1983; was a resident of Chicago, Ill., until his death there on April 26, 1988.

Bibliography

”Bennett McVey Stewart” in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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