William M. Stewart, 5th Attorney General

Photo of William M. Stewart
Born in Wayne County, New York on August 9,1827. Arrived in the “new land of promise” in April of 1850 to try his hand at mining in the mineral-laden hills of Nevada City. He embarked on a highly successful mining career, discovering the famed Eureka diggings.

With his pockets tilled with money, Stewart sold his mineral interests at a substantial profit to pursue a legal career. Stewart’s former instructor and law partner was compelled to take a leave of absence as Attorney General, and selected Stewart to fill in. He went on to serve as DA in Carson City, then two terms in the United States Senate. Died in Washington, D.C in 1909.