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Eugene L. Stewart

Eugene L. Stewart

Leading organizer and founder of Sursum Corda Cooperative

Eugene L. Stewart (1920-1998) was more than just a renowned lawyer and founder of the prestigious international law firm Stewart and Stewart. He was a passionate advocate for social justice, leaving an indelible mark on Washington D.C. beyond the realm of legal expertise.

Born in Kansas City, Stewart served in World War II before graduating from Georgetown University Law School. He went on to establish Stewart and Stewart in 1958, becoming a leading figure in international trade law.

However, Stewart's commitment to justice extended far beyond the courtroom. He recognized the need for economic empowerment within underserved communities, leading him to spearhead a groundbreaking initiative in 1967: Sursum Corda Cooperative.

This innovative project, located in the heart of Washington D.C., envisioned a self-sustaining community owned and operated by its residents. Sursum Corda provided affordable housing, job training, and educational opportunities, aiming to break the cycle of poverty and create a thriving space for economic and social upliftment.

Stewart's dedication to Sursum Corda went beyond mere founding. He actively served on its board, tirelessly fundraising and advocating for its mission. He understood that true social change required holistic solutions, and Sursum Corda's multifaceted approach resonated with him deeply.

Though not solely defined by it, Stewart's leadership in Sursum Corda stands as a testament to his unwavering commitment to social justice. He recognized the immense power of empowering communities and dedicated his energy to fostering opportunity and self-sufficiency.

Illuminating the legacy of Eugene L. Stewart, we celebrate not only his service to his country and  his legal achievements, but also his visionary leadership in building Sursum Corda Cooperative. He serves as a reminder that individuals with vision and compassion can create lasting positive change.

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