Theophilus Gould Steward was born in Gouldtown, New Jersey on April 17, 1843, the son of James and Rebecca Steward. He married Elizabeth Gadschen, of Charleston, SC, in 1866. They had eight children: James, Charles, Frank, Stephen, Benjamin, Theophilus, Gustavus, and Walter. Steward became a minister with the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1864. Following the Civil War, Steward traveled South with Dr. Daniel A. Payne to organize the A.M.E. Church in South Carolina and Georgia. Steward authored the platform on which Georgia's Republican party was organized. He graduated from the West Philadelphia Divinity School in 1880. He established a church in Haiti and preached in New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Reverend Steward joined the 25th U.S. Colored Infantry as a chaplain in 1891. With this regiment he served in Nebraska, Texas, and Florida until 1907. Between 1907 and his death, January 11, 1925, Steward was a professor of French, history, and logic at Wilberforce University. He published:

  • A Charleston Love Story, 1899
  • The Colored Regulars, 1904
  • The Haitian Revolution, 1914
  • Fifty Years in the Gospel Ministry, 1921