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Henry P. Stewart

Henry P. Stewart was born in Hartford, Connecticut, September 25, 1858.  He received his education at the public schools and the Christian Brothers' College.  He came to Kansas City at the age of nineteen, and his first commercial venture was in the coal and wood business on the levee.  He remained in it for five years, but at the end of that time engaged exclusively in the sand business, in which he had become interested some years before.  A pioneer in the industry, he brought new ideas into vogue, so that pontoon bridges gave way to the more modern plan of bucket dredges, invented by the late Robert Gilham, and the bucket dredges to steam dredges and centrifugal pumps.

     In 1897 he formed a partnership with Frank Peck under the name of Stewart-Peck Sand Company, and they now own their own cars, switch properties, steamboats, and dredges, and yards.

     Mr. Stewart has always been a Democrat and active politically.  He was elected to the Council from the Seventh Ward in 1888, and in 1890 resigned to make the race for Marshall.  He was elected, and his record was such as to secure his re-election in 1892.

     Since 1892 he has devoted himself to his business, and it was only at the solicitation of friends that he accepted the office of Police Commissioner in August, 1902.

     He married Miss Minnie Duke in 1880 and is the father of five children, three boys and two girls.
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