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  Stanly, John
NameJohn Stanly
Address Craven County
New Bern, North Carolina , United States
Born April 09, 1774
DiedAugust 02, 1833 (59 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Dec 01, 2015 07:49pm
InfoSTANLY, John, (father of Edward Stanly), a Representative from North Carolina. Stanly was described by Archibald D. Murphey as "Small in stature, neat in dress, graceful in manner, with a voice well modulated, and a mind intrepid, disciplined and rich in knowledge, he became the most accomplished orator of the State."

Born in New Bern, N.C., April 9, 1774; received his early education from private tutors; attended Princeton University; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1799 and practiced; clerk and master in equity

NC House of Commons (F-New Bern Town) 1798-1799

U.S. Representative (F-NC) 1801-1803, 1809-1811

Killed Gov. Richard D. Spaight in a duel on 9/5/1802. When the Spaight family initiated legal proceedings against Stanly, Gov. Benjamin Williams pardoned him. The NC Legislature immediately passed an anti-duelling law.

Resumed the practice of his profession

Candidate for Presidential Elector (F-NC) 1812, 1816. Supported Charles C. Pinckney for President in 1812 instead of DeWitt Clinton, but assented to being a candidate for Elector on the Clinton ticket.

NC House of Commons (F-New Bern Town) 1812-1815, 1818-1819, 1823-1827; served as Speaker 1825-1826 and earned a reputation as an impartial chairman. Suffered a paralytic stroke on 1/16/1827 while presiding over the House.

NC House of Commons (F-Craven) 1821

President, Bank of New Bern 1817-1827

Died in New Bern, N.C., August 2, 1833; interment in Episcopal Cemetery. Note that local newspapers carried the obituary for Stanly in 1833, not in 1834 as the Biographical Directory states.

Norman D. Brown, Edward Stanly: Whiggery's Tarheel 'Conqueror', p. 7-17, 21-23.


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  12/05/1827 NC Governor Lost 9.09% (-35.93%)
  08/09/1827 NC House - New Bern Town Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  08/09/1822 NC Senate - Craven County Lost 45.80% (-8.39%)
  08/09/1818 NC House - New Bern Town Won 58.14% (+16.28%)
  08/14/1817 NC House - New Bern Town Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  08/10/1815 NC House - New Bern Town Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  12/24/1814 NC US Senate - Special Election Lost 16.09% (-3.83%)
  08/11/1814 NC House - New Bern Town Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  08/12/1813 NC House - New Bern Town Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  08/13/1812 NC House - New Bern Town Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  08/12/1808 NC - District 04 Won 51.77% (+3.54%)
  08/10/1804 NC District 04 Lost 3.44% (-93.12%)
  08/15/1803 NC District 04 Lost 40.10% (-19.80%)
  08/15/1800 NC District 10 Won 60.06% (+20.12%)