Charles Lyman Stewart passed away at Norwich on the fifteenth day of March, 1947, after an illness of some five months. Mr. Stewart was born in North Scituate, Rhode Island, on September 12, 1883, the son of Nathan and Melissa Nye Stewart. In 1885, his parents removed to North Stonington, Connecticut, where his father engaged in farming and where Mr. Stewart spent his youth in labor upon the farm and in attendance at the schools of that town. He graduated from the Wheeler High School in North Stonington and later attended the Norwich Free Academy at Norwich. After teaching school for a time to earn the necessary funds. he entered Yale Law School, from which he was graduated cum laude with the class of 1908.
On June 25, 1908, he was admitted to the Connecticut bar and became associated with Gardiner Greene in the practice of law at Norwich. Mr. Greene was then a prominent lawyer and later become a judge of the Superior Court. Upon his death, Mr. Stewart continued to practice his profession alone with marked success. He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States in 1937.
Mr. Stewart's early life was not a bed of roses. He had to be industrious in order to exist, and it was only by reason of his sturdy ambition to succeed, coupled with an untiring industry, a fine ability and an inherent honesty, that he came to enjoy a worthwhile position in his chosen profession.
He was appointed public defender in the Superior Court for New London County on July 21, 1921, and served in this capacity with ability for nearly twelve years. He represented North Stonington in the lower house of the Connecticut General Assembly at its 1911 session and served on the important judiciary committee. After this experience in public life, he sought no further political honors and devoted his energies to the practice of law. He was ever mindful, however, of his civic duties and responsibilities and always stood ready to give his loyal support to any worth-while cause. He was much interested in the Johnson Home for the aged in Norwich and for many years served as its secretary and treasurer. He was a member of the Society of the Founders of Norwich and was very prominent in the Masonic fraternity.
On February 7, 1912, Mr. Stewart was united in marriage with Mary Lewis of North Stonington, and of this marriage three children were born, Miss Dorothy B. Stewart, now of Washington, D. C., Mrs. Francis L. Bosqui of Westport, Conn., and Charles L. Stewart, Jr., of Norwich, Conn., all of whom survive, together with a grandchild, Carolyn Reynolds Bosqui.
By reason of a severe illness with which he was stricken during the middle years of his life, Mr. Stewart was prevented for several years from engaging in the practice of his profession. He regained his health, however, after a long struggle, and with a superb courage again opened his office in Norwich and began to rebuild that which had been lost during the years of his incapacity. In this he was most successful and for ten years prior to his death he enjoyed a large and lucrative practice.
Mr. Stewart had the will to overcome all obstacles and misfortunes. He met the responsibilities of a busy life with courage and capacity and won for himself a high place in his chosen profession. He was most companionable and a host of friends will miss his cheery presence.