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Jimmy Stewart

Baker, Politician, Town Councillor & Mayor

Keith Tankard
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Updated: 14 October 2009
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OBITUARY: see the Daily Dispatch, 18.9.1945.

James (Jimmy) Stewart was born in 1872 and became a baker and confectioner, with his bakery in Park Avenue, North End. He also owned a restaurant in Oxford Street.

He served three terms in the Provincial Council and was twice elected Member of Parliament for East London. He was also closely associated with the building of the Technical College.

Stewart was elected to the Town Council to represent Ward 3 in February 1906 but resigned in December the following year. He attempted to regain a seat in March 1914 but lost heavily to Carl Malcomess.

He was elected again in August 1914 and remained on the Council until October 1928. He would serve as Deputy Mayor in 1918 and three terms as Mayor in 1919, 1920 and 1927.

Stewart died on 17 September 1945 at the age of 73, and was buried in Cambridge.

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