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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Thomas "Tom" Stewart

Judge Thomas Stewart

Tom Stewart was a member of Alaska’s Territorial House of Representatives, was secretary for the Alaska Constitutional Convention in 1955/56, and served as a state senator in the first Alaska Legislature following statehood. He served as Administrative Director of the Alaska Court System in the early 1960’s and on the Juneau Superior Court bench from 1966 until his retirement in 1981. After retirement, he remained active in the legal and judicial community, where he was often called upon to explain the Alaska Constitution’s Judiciary Article and the importance of judicial independence. In 2009, the new annex of the State Capitol building was named the Thomas B. Stewart Legislative Office Building to honor his contributions to the state. Judge Stewart passed away in 2007. In addition to the interview with Tom Stewart in the Judges of Alaska Project Jukebox by Margaret Russell, he also was interviewed on April 22, 1982 by Pamela Cravez where he discusses other parts of his life and career. This interview is available at the Joint Archives of the Alaska Court System and the Alaska Bar Association, Alaska State Court Law Library, Boney Courthouse, Anchorage, Alaska (907) 264-0585/(888) 282-2082 and at the Oral History Collection, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks, (907) 474-6773.  Tom Stewart also participated in the Juneau Communities of Memory Project on November 17 & 18, 1995. Tom passed away in 2007 at the age of 88. For more about Tom Stewart, see an article about him in the Juneau Empire newspaper, an article about him and his role in Alaska statehood, or a 2009 Alaska Bar Association presentation.

Date of Birth:
Jan 1, 1919
Date of Death:
Dec 12, 2007
Thomas "Tom" Stewart appears in the following new Jukebox projects: