Bennett M. Stewart Photograph Collection

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1971-1985
Extent: 2.25 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Bennett McVey Stewart was born in Huntsville, Alabama in August 12, 1912. He attended the public schools in Huntsville and Birmingham and received as B.A. from Miles College in Birmingham. In 1968, he served as inspector of the Chicago Building Department and was a rehabilitation specialist for the Chicago Department of Urban Renewal. Steward was elected alderman on the Chicago City Council from the Twenty-first ward in 1971 and was elected Democratic ward committeeman in 1972. He was reelected alderman in 1975 and reelected as ward committeeman in 1976. From 1971 to 1978, he was a delegate to the Illinois State Democratic conventions and a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1972 and 1976. Stewart was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth Congress. From 1981 to 1983, Stewart served as administrative assistant to Mayor Jane Byrne.

Scope and Content Note:
Visual materials relating to the political career of Bennett M. Stewart, 21st Ward Alderman, Chicago (Ill.), 1971-78 and 1st District U.S. Congressman. Includes portraits of Stewart and group portraits of Stewart with local and national political figures, as well as images documenting Stewart's involvement with 21st Ward activities and various political functions.

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