Francis Edgar Stanley

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Francis Edgar Stanley
Francis Edgar Stanley c1882.jpg
Born (1849-06-01)June 1, 1849
Kingfield, Maine
Died July 13, 1918(1918-07-13) (aged 69)
Wenham, Massachusetts
Cause of death
Car accident
Education Western State Normal School
Known for Stanley Steamer
Parents Solomon Stanley
Apphia Kezar French
Relatives Freelan Oscar Stanley, brother

Francis Edgar Stanley (June 1, 1849 – July 13, 1918) was an American businessman and was the co-founder, along with his twin brother Freelan Oscar Stanley, of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company which built the Stanley Steamer.


He and his twin brother, Freelan Oscar Stanley (otherwise known as Freel) learned to carve violin as taught by their grandfather, Liberty Stanley, at the age of ten. He attended Western State Normal School, now known as the University of Maine at Farmington.[1] He died in 1918 in Wenham, Massachusetts when he drove his car into a woodpile while attempting to avoid farm wagons travelling side by side on the road.[2]

He had the original patent of the airbrush and he created the Stanley Dry Plate Company, based out of Rochester, New York. This company was later sold to George Eastman of Eastman-Kodak for $500,000.


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  2. ^ Doris A. Isaacson, ed. (1970). Maine: A Guide Down East. Maine League of Historical Societies and Museums. p. 386.