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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Brigadier General John Smith Stewart


Brigadier General John Smith Stewart is now engaged in the practice of dentistry at Lethbridge, having qualified for the profession in 1902. He was born at Brampton, Ontario, May 18, 1878, and is a son of John and Mary (Armstrong) Stewart, both of whom were of Canadian birth. He acquired his early education in the schools of his native town, where he passed through consecutive grades to his graduation from the high school. He afterward attended the Royal College of Dental Surgeons at Toronto, and is an honor graduate of Trinity University. In 1896 he became a resident of Alberta, settling at Edmonton, and commenced to study dentistry there, remaining at Edmonton until 1902, when he removed to Lethbridge and for some years was associated with his brother- in-law, Dr. McClure. He has since followed the practice of dentistry here, save for the period when he was engaged in military service during the World war. He was appointed officer in command (major) of the Twenty-fifth (Militia) Battery in February, 1908, and he served as a private of Strathcona's Horse in South Africa in 1900-1, winning the Queen's medal with four clasps. He raised the Twentieth Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, for overseas service in November, 1914. He was appointed officer in command of the Seventh Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, on the 10th of March, 1915, and in January, 1916, went to France, where he was twice wounded. In March, 1917, he was transferred to the command of the Fourth Brigade, C. F. A., in France, and won the D. S. 0. and C. M. G. He was also twice mentioned in dispatches and was awarded the French Croix de Guerre. In December, 191.7, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general, C. R. A., of the Third Canadian Division, which divisional artillery he commanded during the anxious time in March, 1918, and the advances made from August, 1918, onward.

General Stewart was married on the 25th of September, 1907, to Miss Jean Chesney McClure, a daughter of Dr. William McClure of Hamilton, Ontario. In politics he is a Conservative and in 1911 and again in 1913 he was elected to the legislative assembly for Lethbridge, while once more he was chosen for legislative honors in 1917 and 1921. He discharges his political duties with the same sense of fidelity that marked his service on the battle fields of the World war and it is characteristic of Dr. Stewart that he is loyal to any cause which he espouses.


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