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Merch Bradt Stewart
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Merch Bradt Stewart
Nickname M.B. Stewart
Born (1875-06-24)June 24, 1875
Died July 3, 1934(1934-07-03) (aged 59)
Place of birth Virginia
Place of death St. Augustine, Florida
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Commands held Superintendent of the United States Military Academy
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
World War I

Merch Bradt Stewart (June 24, 1875 – July 3, 1934), often called M.B. Stewart was a writer, educator, and career United States Army officer who became superintendent of the United States Military Academy. Stewart authored several U.S. Army manuals, penned a popular narrative of his considerable experiences as second lieutenant in the Spanish–American War, and in the years preceding World War I wrote essays informing the public on issues of physical and military education.

Early life

Merch Stewart was born in Virginia, June 24, 1875. Appointed from New York to the United States Military Academy, he graduated in the bottom half of his cadet class of 1896.[1]

Military career

After brief assignment to the 11th Infantry, Stewart was transferred to the 8th Infantry Regiment, served three years on the Platte River and was detailed to topographic service before the outbreak of the Spanish–American War.[1] He was with his regiment in operations before Santiago, Cuba, including the Battle of El Caney and the Battle of San Juan Hill. After the surrender of Santiago, Stewart saw duty for a time as aide-de-camp to Major General William Ludlow.[1]

Stewart was regimental commissary until his unit's deployment to the Philippine Islands in 1901, where he served first as quartermaster, then as garrison commander at Pagsanjan, Laguna.[2] Promoted to captain, Stewart accompanied his regiment to stations at Fort Lawton, Washington and Governor's Island, New York, then spent a three-year tour teaching infantry tactics at the academy before returning with his regiment to the Philippines.[2]

The USS General M. B. Stewart (AP-140), launched October 1944, was named in his honor.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cullum, George Washington (1901). Holden, Edward S.. ed. Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy. 3715. 4 (3 ed.). Cambridge: The Riverside Press. p. 612. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cullum, George Washington (1910). Braden, Charles. ed. Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy. 3715. 5 (3rd ed.). Saginaw, Michigan: Seeman & Peters. p. 564. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 


Military offices
Preceded by
Fred Winchester Sladen
Superintendents of the United States Military Academy
Succeeded by
Edwin B. Winans

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