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House Honors Stewart

Wed., Sept. 17, 1997, midnight

The House voted Tuesday to honor James Stewart for his artistic, political and military contributions to society.

“He personified the very best of what it means to be an American,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., sponsor of a resolution recognizing Stewart.

The actor died at his California home in July. He was 89.

The resolution, approved by voice vote, noted that Stewart had made more than 80 movies, including such popular classics as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and the holiday favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

He won an Academy Award in 1940 and was a four-time Oscar nominee.

Other awards included a Kennedy Center Honor in 1983 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1985.

Stewart also served in World War II and had a lifelong interest and role in national politics, the resolution said.


 

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