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STEWART, JOSEPH H. (1846–1912). Joseph H. Stewart, public servant and promoter of the State Fair of Texas, was born in Alamance County, North Carolina, in 1846, the son of John A. and Nancy (Thompson) Stewart. In 1851 the family moved to Hempstead County, Arkansas, where Stewart attended school. He served in the Confederate Army from 1863 to the end of the war. He then returned to Arkansas and worked as a clerk before moving to Cedar Hill, Texas, in 1867. On December 22, 1867, he married Sarah A. Stewart. They had five children. Before moving to Dallas in 1884, he was a clerk and merchandiser, postmaster, and three-term justice of the peace. In Dallas he was deputy district clerk from 1880 to 1884, clerk of the district court from 1888 to 1892, and clerk of the fourteenth and forty-fourth judicial courts. In 1888 Sarah died, and in 1891 Stewart married Mary A. Rape. Stewart was a Mason and one of the original promoters of the State Fair of Texas. He died at his home in Cedar Hill on July 29, 1912, and was buried at Little Bethel Cemetery.


Dallas Morning News, July 30, 1912. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County (Chicago: Lewis, 1892; rpt., Dallas: Walsworth, 1976).

Lisa C. Maxwell


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Lisa C. Maxwell, "STEWART, JOSEPH H.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed March 31, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.