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Thu, 12.28.1854

Thomas M. Stewart, Liberian Administrator born

Thomas M. Stewart

Thomas McCants Stewart was born on this date in 1854. He was a Black attorney, educator, and minister.

He was born in Charleston, SC. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1875, he practiced law in Columbia. Stewart then became a professor of mathematics in the South Carolina State Agricultural College, in Orangeburg.

He entered the ministry in 1878, after studying at Princeton. In 1882, he went to Liberia where he became professor of belles-lettres and law in Liberia College, spending a year on the west coast of Africa, where he also served as general agent for industrial education.

In January 1886, he was admitted to the bar of New York City and also practiced in the (then) Territory of Hawaii.  Stewart contributed to newspapers and magazines and is the author of "Liberia: the Americo-African Republic," in 1887, and "Perils of a Great City," in 1887.  He was associated with a number of leaders in the Black community nationwide, including Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Thomas Stewart died in 1923.

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Reference:

South Carolina Encyclopedia.org

The Encyclopedia Britannica, Twenty-fourth Edition.
Copyright 1996 Encyclopedia Britannica Inc.
ISBN 0-85229-633-0

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