Stuart, William (1873-1952)


William Stuart in Scotland

The library owns the personal papers of William Stuart.

William M. Stuart was born January 15, 1873 in Lawrence, Massachusetts to James C. Stuart from Scotland and Sarah H. Bosworth of Boston.  His siblings were George C. (LHS class of 1894), Frederic B. and (Mrs. James Manning).   The family was living at 177 Jackson St. in 1895.  He graduate from the Oliver Grammar School in 1888 and then Lawrence High School in 1892.  He attended Phillips Andover Academy and graduated in 1893.  In his teens he was working for the Boston Record and edited a printed newsletter called The Essex County philatelist.  He started his writing career at the Lawrence Sun in 1893.  By 1896 he was working as a reporter for the Lawrence Telegram.  He was active in the Knights of the Ancient Essenic Order, the Comus Club (Bicycling), the Press Club, and the Ancient Order of Workmen (recorder from 1895-98) during his years in Lawrence.  He served as chairman and secretary of the local Republican City Committee and associate commissioner of Essex County for tree years. He ran for state representative in the 7th Essex district Nov. 8, 1904, but was defeated.  He followed Henry Cabot Lodge to Washington and became a secretary to Senator Weeks.  He headed the “clipping bureau” for President Hoover.   He joined the staff of the New York Commercial.  He married Caroline Hilton who died in 1914.  In 1911 he lived at 1078 Essex St., Lawrence.  In 1920 he was living in Washington, DC with his second wife Sara.  He was a clerk for Senator John W. Weeks. He was assistant journal clerk of the US Senate during the administrations of Presidents Taft and Wilson He became a Justice of the Peace in 1920.  He ran a clipping bureau in the 20s until 1929.  In 1933 he worked for the Washington Post as a stamp editor.  His final address was Apt. 808 2124 I St., NW. William Stuart died December 30, 1952 as the George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC.  He left his papers to the Lawrence Public Library.

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