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Black CPAs in Illinois: Paul G. Stewart Became the 2nd Black CPA in the State During the New Deal Era

Paul G. Stewart's name sits on one of the senior apartment structures on the South Side of Chicago.

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Paul G. Stewart building in Chicago
Photo Credit: Chicago Southsider

Paul G. Stewart was a trailblazer in the field of accounting.

In 1937, Stewart became one of the few Black CPAs in the country during the New Deal Era. He became the second Black CPA in Illinois, 14 years after Arthur J. Wilson received his license. He was the sixth Black CPA in the country.

Paul G. Stewart Building
Paul G. Stewart Building

Between 1933 and 1939, a comprehensive range of programs like public works projects was implemented under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. These endeavors sought to alleviate poverty, revive the economy, and bring about transformative changes to the financial system.

Stewart organized the Chicago’s Peoples Consumer Co-Operative in 1937. But shortly after obtaining his CPA license, he passed away. The Paul G. Stewart Twin Towers for seniors, nestled in the heart of Bronzeville on 400 E 41st St, was built and named in his honor.

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