1843–1924

April 17, 1843, Gouldtown, New Jersey.

January 11, 1924, Wilberforce, Ohio.

Gouldtown Memorial Park, Gouldtown, New Jersey.

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Theophilus was the son of James Stew­ard and Re­bec­ca Gould, husband of Eliz­a­beth Gad­sden, and cousin of Af­ri­can Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal (AME) Church bishop Ben­ja­min F. Lee.

Steward was ordained in the AME in 1863. After the Am­er­i­can civil war, he graduated from the Epis­co­pal Divinity School in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­vania. In 1881, he received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Wil­ber­force University, Wil­ber­force, Ohio.

Gould helped organize the AME Church in South Car­o­li­na and Geor­gia. On March 17, 1868, he moved from South Car­o­li­na to pastor the AME church in Ma­con, Geor­gia. Stew­ard was also active in Reconstruction politics in Geor­gia.

From 1872–91, Stew­ard established a church in Ha­iti and preached in the eastern Unit­ed States. In 1891 he joined the 25th U.S. Colored Infantry, serving as its chaplain until 1907, including service in Cu­ba during the Span­ish-Am­er­i­can War, and in the Phil­ip­pines.

He participated in the March 5, 1897 meeting to celebrate the memory of Fred­er­ick Doug­lass, which founded the Am­er­i­can Neg­ro Academy led by Al­ex­an­der Crum­mell. From the founding of the organization until his death in 1924, Stew­ard remained active among the society’s scholars, editors, and activists.

From 1907–24, Stew­ard was a professor of history, French, and logic at Wil­ber­force University.

Steward’s works include:

  1. We’ll Praise the Lord, for He Is Great