- Milton C. Sernett
Stewart, Alvan (01 September 1790–01 May 1849), lawyer and abolitionist, was born in South Granville, New York, the son of Uriel Stewart, a farmer. His mother’s name is unknown. In 1795 the family moved to Westford, Vermont, where Alvan attended common school and at age seventeen began studying anatomy and medicine. He then attended the University of Vermont, teaching school during the winters to support himself. In 1811 he went to Canada to teach, but when anti-American sentiment increased and the War of 1812 began, he returned to the United States. Stewart graduated from college in 1813, taught common school for a short period of time, and then began the private study of law in Cherry Valley, New York. After completing his studies, he practiced there for sixteen years....