Stewart, William Morris
- Alan Lessoff
Stewart, William Morris (09 August 1825?–23 April 1909), lawyer and U.S. senator, was born near Lyons, New York, the son of Frederick Augustus Stewart and Miranda Morris, farmers who soon moved the family to Trumbull County, Ohio. William left home at fourteen and worked as a laborer and schoolteacher to pay his way through preparatory schools in Ohio and in Lyons, New York. A Lyons attorney introduced Stewart to legal studies and in 1848 loaned him funds to enter Yale University. Stewart left Yale after three terms to seek his fortune in the gold fields around Nevada City, California. By 1852 he had earned enough to resume reading law....