biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JAMES A. STEUART is a farmer and stockraiser, residing on section 4, White Oak Township. He was born in Logan County, Ohio, Nov. 20, 1831, and is the son of James and Elizabeth (Hanger) Steuart. The first- named was of Scotch-Irish parentage, and a coverlet weaver in the old country. He departed this life in Ohio in 1847, and his wife died at the old home place in that State, in 1885, at the advanced age of seventy-three years. She was of German origin. Her grandfather Hanger was a soldier during the War of the Revolution. The subject of this sketch, James A. Steuart, was married, July 4, 1852, to Vicena Holly, and by this union there was one child, who died in infancy; the mother died April 27, 1853. In April, 1854, Mr. Steuart was again married, Mary Jane Harris becoming his wife, and to them eight children have been born: William S., born Feb. 2, 1855, died Feb. 25, 1885; Uretta, born May 30, 1856, is now deceased; Henry H. and Elmore are also deceased; Elizabeth A., born Feb. 1, 1864; Cora A., born Dec. 25, 1866, is the wife of Louis Wymore, and lives in Monroe Township; Emma, born Dec. 17, 1871; Arthur and Lona are deceased. The mother of these children died April 27, 1876, and is buried in this township. In 1877 Mr. Steuart chose as his third wife Mary L. Foster, and by this marriage there were two children: Lewis, born Nov. 14, 1878, and one who died in infancy. The mother of these last-named children died May 19, 1880, and is buried in this township. Mr. Steuart came to Iowa from Ohio in 1851, and bought his present farm. Politically he is a Republican, has represented his township on the County Board of Supervisors, under the old law, and has held nearly all the various offices in the township where he resides. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Mr. Steuart owns 280 acres of fine, fertile land, all under fence and in a very high state of cultivation, and with improvements of the best character. Upon the farm are four dwellings, three of them occupied by tenants. In addition to his occupation of general faming he turns his attention to the breeding of Short-horn cattle, Clydesdale and Norman horses and Poland-China hogs, and has some very fine representatives of these various animals from the best families in the country. He is handling his business very successfully and profitably. In his business relations be is always found to be a man of strict integrity, honorable and fair in his dealings, doing unto others as he would they should do unto him, and thus merits and receives the approval of friends and acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy