Charles Stewart

From Ohio History Central

Charles Stewart was a conductor on the Underground Railroad in Trumbull County, Ohio. 

Stewart was born in 1793, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. In 1812, he purchased a farm near Hubbard, Ohio in Trumbull County. Stewart spent the rest of his life in Trumbull County, farming the land. While he never ran for political office, Stewart strongly supported the Liberty Party and the Republican Party. He also was active in the First Presbyterian Church in Hubbard. His neighbors commonly referred to him as the "Deacon," because of his deep religious sentiments.

Stewart also actively participated in the Underground Railroad. He opened his home to fugitive slaves, seeking freedom in the North or in Canada. He also assisted the runaway slaves in traveling from stop to stop on the Underground Railroad. According to his daughter, Stewart began his Underground Railroad activities circa 1830. He remained active in the abolitionist movement until his death in November 1854. Over the course of his life, Stewart purportedly assisted thirty-nine fugitive slaves in attaining their freedom.

Stewart represents the growing tensions over slavery between Northerners and Southerners during the early nineteenth century.

See Also


  1. "Angeline Quinby Letter to Wilbur Siebert, Feb. 21, 1896." The Wilbur H. Siebert Underground Railroad Collection. The Ohio History Connection. Columbus. (