Freelan Oscar Stanley
|Freelan Oscar Stanley|
June 1, 1849|
|Died||October 3, 1940
|Education||Western State Normal School|
|Known for||Stanley Steamer, The Stanley Hotel|
Apphia Kezar French
|Relatives||Francis Edgar Stanley, brother|
Freelan Oscar Stanley (June 1, 1849 – October 3, 1940) was an American businessman. He was the co-founder, along with his twin brother Francis Edgar Stanley, of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company which built the Stanley Steamer.
He was born on June 1, 1849, the second of a group of twins (Francis Edgar Stanley) of seven children, to Solomon P. Stanley (1813-1889) and Apphia Kezar French (1819-1874). At the age of ten, his grandfather, Liberty Stanley, taught the twin boys to carve their own violins, that were of concert quality.
He attended Western State Normal School, now known as the University of Maine at Farmington. He later became the principal of Mechanic Falls, Maine high school. In 1876, he married Flora Jane Record Tileston (1847-1939).
- Doris A. Isaacson, ed. (1937). Maine: A Guide Down East. Federal Writers Project. "381–386"
- "Freelan O. Stanley. He and His Twin Brother Were Makers of the Stanley Steamer.". New York Times. October 3, 1940. Retrieved 2008-07-03. "Freelan O. Stanley, who with his twin brother, the late Francis Stanley, invented the Stanley Steamer, which appeared in the late Nineties in competition with the early gasoline driven motor cars, died tonight in his home at Newton. His age was 91. He had returned ten days ago from Colorado, where he spent the Summer."
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