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David Stuart
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Born: March 12, 1816(1816-03-12)
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Died: September 11, 1868 (aged 52)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Rank: Brigadier General (negated)[1]
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David Stuart (March 12, 1816 – September 12, 1868) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan and an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Early life[]

Stuart was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Robert Stuart, discoverer of the South Pass, Wyoming. He attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Oberlin College[citation needed] and Amherst College, graduating in 1838. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Detroit, Michigan.

He was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress, serving from March 4, 1853, to March 3, 1855. He chaired the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress.

Civil War[]

Stuart moved to Chicago, Illinois, and enlisted in the Union Army. He was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the Forty-second Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, July 22, 1861, and then colonel of the Fifty-fifth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, October 31, 1861. He commanded the 2nd Brigade in William T. Sherman's division at the battle of Shiloh. He was appointed brigadier general of volunteers, November 29, 1862 and led his brigade at the battles of Chickasaw Bayou and Arkansas Post. On March 11, 1863 the U.S. Senate declined to confirm his nomination to brigadier general, and he resigned on April 3, 1863.

Postbellum career[]

Stuart resumed the practice of law in Detroit, Michigan, where he died and is interred in Elmwood Cemetery.

See also[]


  1. Eicher p. 611

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Ebenezer J. Penniman |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|United States Representative for the 1st Congressional District of Michigan
1853– 1855 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
William Alanson Howard |- |}