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Charles Edward Stuart
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
June 9, 1856 – June 10, 1856
Preceded byJesse D. Bright
Succeeded byJesse D. Bright
United States Senator
from Michigan
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1859
Preceded byAlpheus Felch
Succeeded byKinsley S. Bingham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Preceded byWilliam Sprague
Succeeded byDavid A. Noble
In office
December 6, 1847 – March 3, 1849
Preceded byEdward Bradley
Succeeded byWilliam Sprague
Member of the Michigan Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1810-11-25)November 25, 1810
Waterloo, New York, US
DiedMay 19, 1887(1887-05-19) (aged 76)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, US
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Union Army
Rank Colonel
UnitMichigan 13th Michigan Infantry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Charles Edward Stuart (November 25, 1810 – May 19, 1887) was a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan.[1]


Stuart was born in New York, either near Waterloo, New York, or in Columbia County. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1832, and commenced practice in Waterloo. He moved to Michigan in 1835 and settled in Portage, Michigan.

Stuart was a member of the state house of representatives in 1842 and was elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 2nd congressional district to the 30th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edward Bradley. He served in the U.S.House from December 6, 1847, to March 4, 1849, and was defeated for reelection in 1848 by William Sprague. Two years later, he defeated Sprague by being elected to the 32nd Congress, serving from March 4, 1851, to March 3, 1853. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State in the 32nd Congress.

Stuart was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1852 and served in the 34th, 35th, and 36th Congresses from March 4, 1853, to March 3, 1859. He was the President pro tempore of the Senate during the 34th Congress, and chairman of the Committee on Public Lands in the 34th and 35th Congresses. He did not seek reelection to the Senate but was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Michigan in 1858. He resumed the practice of law in Kalamazoo and was a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Convention from Michigan.

During the Civil War, Stuart raised and equipped the 13th Michigan Infantry, of which he was commissioned colonel. He later resigned due to ill health.

Charles E. Stuart died in Kalamazoo and was interred in Mountain Home Cemetery. His home in Kalamazoo at 427 Stuart Ave. is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The surrounding Stuart Area Historic District is also listed.

See also


  1. ^ Sewell, Rich (2021-06-11). "Kalamazoo School Case, Charles V. Stuart plaintiff". Kalamazoo Public Library. Archived from the original on 2021-08-18. Retrieved 2021-06-12.
Party political offices Preceded byAlpheus Felch Democratic nominee for Governor of Michigan 1858 Succeeded byJohn S. Barry U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byEdward Bradley Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 2nd congressional district December 6, 1847 – March 4, 1849 Succeeded byWilliam Sprague Preceded byWilliam Sprague Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 2nd congressional district March 4, 1851 – March 4, 1853 Succeeded byDavid A. Noble U.S. Senate Preceded byAlpheus Felch U.S. senator (Class 2) from Michigan March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1859 Served alongside: Lewis Cass and Zachariah Chandler Succeeded byKinsley S. Bingham Political offices Preceded byJesse D. Bright President pro tempore of the United States Senate June 9, 1856 – June 10, 1856 Succeeded byJesse D. Bright