Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Charles H. Stanley (1842-1913)
MSA SC 3520-1574


Born November 20, 1842 in Saybrook, Connecticut.  Moved to Prince George's County with his parents in 1851.  Son of Rev. Dr. Harvey Stanley and Mary Anne (Kinne, Kinney or Kenney, d. March 24, 1893) Stanley.  Attended local schools and studied under private tutors; studied law after 1865 under General Thomas Bowie.  Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1869.  Married first wife Ella Lee Hodges on November 26, 1871 (d. September 1881); no children.  Married second wife Margaret Snowden in September 1884; nine children including Harvey, Charles H. Stanley, Jr., William, John Snowden, Margaret Snowden, Elizabeth Hopkins (m. James G. Boss, Jr.).  Died in Laurel, Prince George's County, December 20, 1913.  Buried in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Laurel.

Fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War as a private in Company B of the First Regiment, Maryland Cavalry (or Infantry), 1862-65.  Taught school while studying law after 1865.  Engaged in the practice of law in Prince George's County and in Baltimore.  Farmer and investor in farm lands.  Director and trustee, Maryland Agricultural College, 1882-.  Member of the House of Delegates, Prince George's County, 1883-85.  Chair, Committee on Education.  Member, Judiciary Committee; Inspection Committee.  State director, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, 1883-86.  Mayor of Laurel, 1890-94.  Founder and president, Citizen's National Bank of Laurel, 1890-1913.  President, Board of School Commissioners of Prince George's County, 1901-11.  Appointed comptroller of the treasury by Governor Austin L. Crothers to succeed William B. Claggett, who had died in office; served as comptroller 1911-12.  President, Laurel Building Association of Prince George's County.  Charter member, Vansville Farmers' Club of Prince George's County.  Member and Past Master, Laurel Wreath Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; member of the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons; grand inspector of the Grand Lodge of Maryland.  Member and vestryman of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Laurel; first chancellor of the Washington D.C. diocese.  Enjoyed flower gardening, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, bicycling.

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