Biography of Robert Stewart
Indiana County, PA Biographies

ROBERT STEWART, a retired business man of Philadelphia, now resident of Saltsburg, and a very highly respected citizen of Indiana county, is a son of William and Catherine (Potter) Stewart, and was born in Paisley, Scotland, September 1, 1833. William Stewart was a native of county Tyrone, Ireland. In 1830 he moved to Scotland, where he remained until 1841, when he came to the United States, and located in Philadelphia. In 1857 he engaged in the carpet manufacturing business for himself, at which he continued very - successfully, until within a few years of his death, when he retired from the business cares and toils of life on account of ill health. He died in 1877, aged seventy nine years. He was very successful in business and carried on an extensive establishment. He and all of his family were members of the Covenanter church. He was a whig and afterwards a republican in politics. In 1827 he married Catharine Potter, a native of county Tyrone, Ireland, and by whom he had seven children, five sons and two daughters. Mrs. Stewart died in 1881, in the eighty second year of her age.

Robert Stewart came to the United States with his father in 1841. He was reared in Philadelphia and received his education in the public schools of that city. In 1857 he and his brother Arthur formed a partnership with their father in the carpet manufacturing business under the firm-name of William Stewart & Sons, and their house soon attained a position of influence in business which it successfully held for over a quarter of a century, and until the dissolution of the partnership between the brothers, in 1885, when Mr. Stewart withdrew from the firm. This firm, during its continuance, manufactured a splendid assortment of carpets of every kind and grade from the finest ingrain venetian carpets, rugs and curtains, down to the plain and useful varieties. In April, 1889, Mr. Stewart came to Saltsburg, where he owns some valuable property. He also owns a farm of three hundred and sixteen acres of land in Loyalhanna township, Westmoreland county, which he bought in 1880, and where he expects to make his permanent home some time in the future. This farm is underlaid with valuable minerals and ranks as one of the finest farms of that township. In 1866 Mr. Stewart married Mary, daughter of John. Stewart, of Philadelphia, and their union has been blest with three children, one son and two daughters: Elizabeth, William and Catherine.

Robert Stewart is a republican politically, and was a school director at one time in Philadelphia. He was very successful as a business man of Philadelphia, and is recognized as one of Saltsburg's most enterprising citizens.

Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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