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Gordon Curran Stewart


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Gordon Curran Stewart (July 22, 1939 – November 26, 2014)[1] was an American speechwriter, academic, businessman and publisher.

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Gordon Stewart
Gordon Curran Stewart

July 22, 1939

Died November 26, 2014 (aged 75)

Education University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Chicago, University of Vienna, Yale School of Drama
Occupation Vice Chairman of the International Insurance Society, Publisher of the Philipstown Dot Info Newspaper, Founder of The Next Deal, Inc.
Known for Deputy Chief Speechwriter to President Carter 1978–1981, Vice President of American Stock Exchange 1982–1989, President of Insurance Information Institute 1991–2006, North American Liaison for The Geneva Association 1995–2012, and Vice Chairman of the International Insurance Society 2012–present.
Spouse(s) Zanne Early (1995–2014; his death)
Children 1

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He wrote on political and economic topics for the International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics, The New York Times, US News & World Report, and CNN.

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Stewart was born in Chicago in 1939 to Henry Stewart and Evangeline (née Williams) Stewart. His father was born in Scotland and emigrated to the United States at the age of 26, where he became a Presbyterian minister and social worker/organizer in the Chicago neighborhoods. Stewart’s mother, Evangeline, worked as a University of Chicago librarian, and this, coupled with the help of a scholarship, allowed Stewart to enter the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where he remained into his high school years and where he was student body president. [citation needed]

Stewart received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences (as the full four-year George F. Baker Scholar having been accepted at the age of 16), where he focused on history and music. He returned to the University of Chicago to work on a PhD. in European History. He studied music and drama at the University of Vienna in Austria, and then received an MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama. In his last year at the Yale School of Drama, he was admitted as a doctoral candidate in comparative literature, which led to his first position as an instructor of English and theatre at Amherst College. [citation needed]

Stewart’s first political job was as a ten-year-old poll-watcher in Chicago’s 5th Ward which staunchly but futilely opposed the political machine of Richard J. Daley. His next was at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools where he was student body president. As a student at Oberlin College, he won its only all-school election, and spent several months traveling in and writing about West Africa in the days before the Peace Corps was founded. He left teaching at Amherst College to begin a career in drama and politics in New York. While he was directing plays, he worked as Director of Communications for Business Communications for the Arts. There he wrote his first article for a noted public figure, former US Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon, followed by speeches for Katharine Graham of The Washington Post, William S. Paley of CBS, and Arnold Gingrich, the founder of Esquire Magazine, who introduced him to New York Mayor John Lindsay, which led to his position as Chief Speechwriter and Executive Assistant to the Mayor from 1971–73. [citation needed]

Following his time in City Hall, Stewart was Director of Policy for Howard J. Samuels‘s run for the Governorship of New York in 1974, and also wrote speeches for other Democratic Party campaigns, including Jimmy Carter‘s successful run for the Presidency of the United States in 1976. During this time, Stewart also wrote and directed theatre in New York and London.[4]

He worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, where he became a lifelong friend of Philip Ives Dunne, the first screenwriter to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a strong and vocal opponent of the Hollywood Blacklisting of the 1950s. Stewart gave the dedication speech for the Writer’s Guild Theatre when it was named in Dunne’s honor.

In Hollywood, Stewart was asked to direct ‘The Elephant Man in its Broadway debut in New York.[5] Soon after, he was appointed Deputy Chief Speechwriter to President Carter.[1]

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