That’s Mr. Librarian to You! Granville Stuart’s last job was a bit sedate for the man of action.

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Granville Stuart.

Granville Stuart is known as “The Father of Montana.”  And during his years there, he was a miner, built (and lost) a huge cattle operation, led vigilantes against outlaws, oversaw the state prison, and was president of the first state college.  He became ambassador to Uruguay and Paraguay in the mid 1890s. He also served in the territorial legislature.

Stuart was a man of action—so his last official position seems a bit odd.  Between 1905 and 1914, he served as librarian of the Butte Public Library. Stuart loved books and would eventually write his own.

What do you think?

Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.