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STUART, ELIAS CHARLES

STUART, ELIAS CHARLES (1820–1889). Elias Charles Stuart, farmer, state legislator, and judge, was born in Mississippi, on February 5, 1820. He was the son of James Arthur and Susannah (Warren) Stuart. He was raised in Mississippi and, as an adult, represented Marion County in the state legislature. Stuart was married twice. His first marriage was to Martha Elizabeth McGee in 1842. The 1850 census for Marion County, Mississippi, listed Stuart as a farmer with his wife and three small children. On January 5, 1860, following the death of his wife, Stuart married Anna Maria Norwood. This couple had three sons and one daughter. Around 1857 Stuart bought a tract of land along the Brazos River in Falls County, Texas. By 1862 Stuart and his family had settled in this location permanently, and he engaged as a farmer and was a prominent fixture in the political scene at Marlin, the county seat. In 1873 he won election, on the Democratic ticket, as representative for District 17—comprised of Falls, Milam, and Bell counties—to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. He served from January 13, 1874, to April 18, 1876, and was on several committees, including the Agriculture and Stock Raising, Claims and Accounts, and Penitentiary committees. In April 1876 he won election as county judge and served Falls County in this capacity until his death. Stuart died in Falls County in October 1889 and was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Marlin. The date of his death has been transcribed as October 3 from his tombstone, while an obituary that appeared in the Galveston Daily News listed his death as October 8.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Families of Falls County (Austin: Eakin Press, 1987). Galveston Daily News, October 9, 1889. Legislative Reference Library of Texas: E. C. Stuart (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeLeaders/members/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=5460&searchparams=chamber=~city=~countyID=0~RcountyID=~district=~first=~gender=~last=stuart~leaderNote=~leg=~party=~roleDesc=~Committee=), accessed September 17, 2014. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939). A Memorial and Biographical History of McLennan, Falls, Bell, and Coryell Counties (Chicago: Lewis, 1893; rpt., St. Louis: Ingmire, 1984).

Aragorn Storm Miller
Aragorn Storm Miller

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