|Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court|
January 19, 1839 – May 14, 1846
|16th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates|
|Preceded by||Andrew Stevenson|
|Succeeded by||Linn Banks|
August 17, 1781|
Spotsylvania County, Virginia
|Died||May 14, 1846
|Spouse(s)||Jane Stith Craig Stanard|
|Alma mater||College of William and Mary|
|Occupation||Lawyer, judge, politician|
Robert Stanard (August 17, 1781 – May 14, 1846) was a Virginia lawyer, judge and political figure. He was the 16th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates and later a judge on the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
The son of William Stanard and Elizabeth Carter, Robert Stanard was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia on August 17, 1781. In 1798, he attended the College of William and Mary, where he studied law. Stanard subsequently began the private practice of law, and eventually became a notable figure in the Richmond legal community. From 1816 to 1817, he was elected as the 16th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.
Stanard was later selected as a member of the Virginia State Convention of 1829-30, which revised the Constitution of Virginia. His contribution to the convention were well received and increased his prominence. In 1839, he was elected to the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, upon the death of Judge William Brockenbrough. He remained on that court until his death in 1846.
The town of Stanardsville, Virginia is named after him.
- The History of the College of William and Mary. 1874. Retrieved Nov 21, 2009.
- Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography; Volume 2 (Lyon Gardiner Tyler ed.). Lewis Historical Publishing Company. 1915. p. 65. ISBN 1177835193.