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POSTED: December 11, 2007 7:19 a.m.
Daniel Stewart was a brigadier general in the Georgia armed forces, (also known as the militia), who became well known during the American Revolution as well as in the War of 1812. Fort Stewart and Stewart County are named after him.
Stewart was the great-grandfather of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president as well as the youngest president in U.S. history.
He was the son of John Stewart and Susannah Bacon, and was born in 1761 at    Tranquil Plantation, now Liberty County.
His mother died when he was 5 years old - some say from malaria but it is not really clear about the true cause of her death.
Stewart’s father remarried to Sarah Nickols three years after his wife’s death. John Stewart, who was a militia officer, died when his son was 15 years old. That same year, Daniel Stewart joined the militia.
After the war, Daniel Stewart created Cedar Hill Plantation in Liberty County. In 1785, he married Sarah Oswald, and they two children, Daniel and Martha. Throughout this time period, Stewart made it a special point in his life to aide in the settlement of the Creek Indian wars. Stewart served as a state representative for two years and then became the Liberty County sheriff eight years later and served as sheriff until 1797.
For many years after the war, Stewart was occupied with many engagements and interactions that involved veterans. He died at Cedar Hill in 1829, and is buried in the Midway cemetery.
Coincidently, Stewart was also involved in erecting the wall that surrounds the Midway Church cemetery (which still encloses it today). Eighty-six years later in 1915, the U.S. Congress constructed a monument in the cemetery in admiration and great respect for Stewart.
An article written in the Atlanta Constitution on March 12, 1911, page 20 read:

Midway Cemetery Monument Bill Passes
For several years the representatives from the Georgia congress have made many efforts to secure from the United States government money for the erection of monuments in Georgia commemorating revolutionary history.
The D.A.R. will rejoice to know that a bill was passed recently providing for the erection of a join monument at the old cemetery at Midway, Liberty County, Ga., in memory of the lives and public service of Gen. Daniel Stewart and Gen. James Screven, distinguished revolutionary officers. This will be a splendid shaft to cost at least $10,000, one that will do fitting honor to these brave patriots.
During the war of the revolution Georgia furnished to the continental army only two officers who attained the rank of brigadier general. They were Lachlan McIntosh and Samuel Elbert. Elbert, who was made governor of the state in July 1785, lies in an unmarked grave.
 

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