|Nevada Government & Politics|
|Riches, Ranching & Railroads|
Stewart moved to Nevada in 1859 where he was an influential member of the First Territorial Legislature. He was elected a delegate to the first Nevada Constitutional Convention in 1863 and elected the first U.S. Senator from Nevada in 1864.
During Stewart's first period in the Senate, 1864-1875, Stewart was author of the National Mining Laws of 1866, 1870, and 1872; and the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving African-Americans the rights of citizenship.
Between 1875-1887 Stewart again practiced law and involved himself in mining ventures. During his second service in the Senate, 1887-1905, Stewart focused on efforts to obtain free coinage of silver, development of a national system of reclamation of arid lands in the west, improvement of education for Native Americans, and development of the University of Nevada.
Stewart made and lost several
fortunes in his lifetime and ended his years working on mining interests
in Bullfrog and Rhyolite, Nevada. He died April 23, 1909.
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