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William M. Stanley


Mr. Stanley was born in East Hartford November 18, 1817, and received a common school and academical education, and in early life followed the business of bookbinding, but since 1840 has been farming in East Hartford, one of the finest farming towns in the state. 

Mr. Stanley is a republican, casting his vote for William Henry Harrison in 1840, and by virtue of that act is an influential member of the Harrison Veterans of Hartford. He has often been honored by the votes of his townsmen, and for fourteen years was the first selectman of the town, from 1856 to 1870. He was justice of the peace from 1853 until 1887 when he was disqualified from age, serving one of the longest terms in that capacity of any man in the state. He has the confidence of the financial men of central Connecticut, and is a trustee of that honored institution, the Pratt Street Institution for Savings in Hartford, the strongest savings bank in the state. Mr. Stanley’s wife was Mary E. Newton, and they have three children living. He is prominently connected with the Congregational church in East Hartford. . 

Mr. Stanley is one of the Sons of the American Revolution, and takes pride in the fact that his grandfather, Theodore Stanley, was among the patriots who hurried to Boston in response to the Lexington alarm in 1775.

Source:  Builders of Our Nation, Men of 1914 pub. Men of Nineteen-Fourteen, Chicago, Ill. 1915.

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