Percy Hamilton Stewart

Percy Hamilton Stewart ( born January 10, 1867 in Newark, New Jersey; † 30 July 1951 in Plainfield, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1931 and 1933 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Percy Stewart attended the public schools of his home and thereafter until 1890, the Yale College. After a subsequent study of law at Columbia Law School and was admitted as an attorney of his 1893 he began to work in New York City in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. Between 1912 and 1913 he served as mayor of the city of Plainfield. In 1914, Stewart was party leader of the Democrats in Union County. He also was a member from 1915 to 1921 the Washington Rock Park Commission of New Jersey. In 1919 to 1921 he sat in the Education Committee of his country, 1923-1929 in the highway committee.

In the years 1920 and 1928, Stewart took part in the respective Democratic National Conventions as a delegate. After the death of Mr Ernest R. Ackerman, he was at the due election for the fifth seat from New Jersey as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 1 December 1931. Since he resigned in 1932 to further candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives, he could only finish the current term in Congress until March 3, 1933.

In 1932, Stewart ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate, but was defeated by Republican incumbent William Warren Barbour with a difference of about 16,000 votes. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced until 1941 again as a lawyer; then he withdrew into retirement. He died on June 30, 1951 in Plainfield.