Served during the following dates: 1927-06-25; 1935-07-23; 1939-05-18; 1943-09-15; 1947-12-11; 1951-04-26; 1955-05-25
STEWART, WALTER FITZ-ALAN, farmer and fox rancher; b. 11 July 1885 in Strathgartney, son of Robert Bruce Stewart and Anne Warburton; m. 12 January 1933 Marion Lea, and they had three children. Anne Warburton, Barbara Fitz-Alan, and Mary Lea; Anglican; d. 5 February 1956.
Stewart, a Liberal, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the general election of 1927 for 1st Queens. He was re-elected in the general elections of 1935, 1939, 1943, 1947, 1951, and 1955. He was defeated in the general election of 1931. He served as Speaker in 1931 and again from 1942 to 1943. In 1944 he was appointed Minister of Agriculture. He was appointed the Minister of Welfare and Labour in January 1956 and served until January 1957.
Stewart received his early education at Bonshaw Public School, and later attended Prince of Wales College and the Ontario Agriculture College in Guelph, Ontario. He resided in Strathgartney and was a farmer and fox rancher. Stewart served as the honourary president of the Junior Farmers Movement of Prince Edward Island and was an officer of the Ayrshire Breeders Association. He was a member of the Agricultural Institute of Canada and the Freemasons. Stewart served as a Lieutenant in the 105th Regiment from 1915 to 1930. Walter Fitz-Alan Stewart died 5 February 1956.
Marion Stewart, the daughter of Walter Maxfield Lea* and Helena Esma Maude Mary Rogerson, was born 5 October 1900 and died 5 February 1956. Her father was premier from 1930 to 1931 and again from 1935 to 1936. Her paternal grandfather was William Charles Lea*.
References: CPG 1936; CWW 1936-1937 p. 1036; Provincial Premiers Birthday Series 1873-1973; Patriot 9 February 1956 p. 1; PARO: RG Vital Stats Box M, Marriage License; Census 1901; St.John’s Anglican Cemetery Records. Guide to abbreviations
Photograph courtesy of PEI Public Archives and Records Office,
Reference Number Acc3177/164