Charles H. Stanley

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Charles H. Stanley
22nd Comptroller of Maryland
In office
Preceded by William B. Clagett
Succeeded by Emerson C. Harrington
2nd Mayor of Laurel, Maryland
In office
Preceded by Judson T. Cull
Succeeded by J.R. Huntt
Personal details
Born (1842-11-20)November 20, 1842
Saybrook, Connecticut
Died December 20, 1913(1913-12-20) (aged 71)
Laurel, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ella Lee Hodges (m. 1871–81) died; Margaret Snowden (m. 1884–1913)
Children nine, all with second wife
Religion Episcopalian

Charles Harvey Stanley (November 20, 1842 – December 20, 1913)[1] was a Prince George's County, Maryland lawyer and Democratic Party politician.[2]

Early life and family[edit]

Stanley, a descendant of James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby,[3] was born on November 20, 1842, in Saybrook, Connecticut, to Rev. Dr. Harvey Stanley and Mary Anne (Kinne) Stanley[4] of North Carolina.[5] In 1851, he moved to Prince George's County, Maryland with his parents, where he attended local schools and received private tutoring.[4]

He was a Confederate American Civil War veteran,[1] having served as a private in Company B of the First Regiment, Maryland Cavalry from 1862 to 1865.[4] Upon enlistment, he was 19 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, and light complected with light hair and gray eyes.[6] After his military service, Stanley taught school and studied law under General Thomas Bowie; he was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1869.[4]

Stanley married his first wife, Ella Lee Hodges (January 1841 – October 1, 1881) on November 26, 1871;[4][7] the couple moved to Laurel and had no children.[6] Margaret Snowden, a descendant of the Snowden family that settled Laurel,[6] became Stanley's second wife[4] on September 11, 1884.[8] Nine children were born of this marriage, six of whom survived to 1907:[8] Harvey; Charles H. Stanley, Jr.; William; John Snowden; Margaret Snowden; and Elizabeth Hopkins.[4]


Stanley was a farmer, farm investor, and charter member of the Vansville Farmers' Club of Prince George's County.[4] He also worked as a banker,[2] including roles as founder and president of Citizens National Bank of Laurel from March 1890 to 1913.[4] Stanley was director of the B&O Railroad[2] from 1883 to 1886[4] and a member and chairman of the executive committee[6] of the Board of Trustees for Maryland Agricultural College,[9] the original chartered name of the University of Maryland,[10] from 1882.[4] He worked for the School Commissioners of Prince George's County[6] and was elected in 1906 to the office of first vice-president by the Association of School Commissioners and County Superintendents of Maryland.[11] Additionally, he was a member and president of the Maryland State Board of Education; an attorney for the Laurel Building Association; chancellor of the Washington Diocese of the Protestant Episcopal Church; vestryman of St. Philip's Protestant Episcopal Church in Laurel and superintendent of its Sunday school; member and past master of the Laurel Wreath Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; and member of the Law and Order Society of Laurel.[6]

Political service[edit]

Stanley served as a city commissioner for Laurel, Maryland from 1880 to 1882,[12] a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1883 to 1885,[4][13] and mayor of Laurel from 1891 to 1893 (two terms).[12] In 1911, Stanley was appointed by Governor Austin Lane Crothers as the Comptroller of Maryland to complete the term of William B. Clagett,[2] who died in office after his own appointment to complete a predecessor's term.[14]

Death and legacy[edit]

Headstone of Charles H. Stanley at Ivy Hill

After a two-month illness, Stanley died of heart and kidney trouble on December 20, 1913, while asleep at his home in Laurel, Maryland.[6] His burial site is in section E. 108 of Ivy Hill Cemetery in Laurel.[1]

Land inherited by Stanley's heirs included the downtown Laurel area bounded by Montgomery Street, Fifth Street, Gorman Avenue, and Eighth Street.[6] The Laurel branch buildings of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System have been named in memory of the Stanley family,[15] who deeded land for this purpose to the library system for $10 in 1963.[6]

Stanley's son William served as an Assistant Attorney General in President Franklin Roosevelt's administration in the 1930s.[16] Others among his four sons served as trustees for Citizens National Bank.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Maryland Confederate Burial Sites in Prince George's County". Maryland Division Sons of Confederate Veterans. Retrieved June 7, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Comptroller of Maryland – Charles H. Stanley". Maryland Comptroller's Office. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ Reamy, Martha & Bill (2007). Immigrant Ancestors of Marylanders. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books. p. 224. ISBN 978-1-58549-527-6. Retrieved November 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Charles H. Stanley, MSA SC 3520-1574". Archives of Maryland (Biographical Series). Maryland State Archives. Retrieved June 7, 2007. 
  5. ^ Spencer, Richard Henry (1919). Genealogical and Memorial Encyclopedia of the State of Maryland. New York: American Historical Society. pp. 245–249. Retrieved November 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Leonard, Kevin (November 17, 2016). "Who was Laurel's Charles Stanley?". History Matters. Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Descendants of Captain John Worthington". Retrieved November 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Steiner, Bernard Christian; Meekins, Lynn Roby; Carroll, D. H. (David Henry); Boggs, Thomas G. (1907). Men of Mark in Maryland. 1. Washington, D.C.: Johnson-Wynne. pp. 340–343. Retrieved November 3, 2009. 
  9. ^ U.S. Department of Agriculture (1905). "Annual Report of the Office of Experiment Stations" ("year ended June 30, 1904" ed.). Washington: Government Printing Office: 104. Retrieved June 6, 2007. .
  10. ^ "Timeline". University of Maryland. Retrieved June 6, 2007. 
  11. ^ "The School Journal". LXIII (23). New York: A. S. Barnes. December 22, 1906. Retrieved June 7, 2007. .
  12. ^ a b "History of the City of Laurel, Maryland". City of Laurel, Maryland. Archived from the original on June 5, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2007. 
  13. ^ "House of Delegates, Prince George's County (1790–1966)". Archives of Maryland, Historical List. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved June 7, 2007. [dead link]
  14. ^ "William B. Clagett". Archives of Maryland (Biographical Series). Maryland State Archives. March 25, 2002. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Library Board of Trustees March 11, 2014 Statement on Naming Libraries". Prince George's County Memorial Library System. March 11, 2014. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Address of Attorney General Homer Cummings, Read by the Honorable William Stanley, the Assistant to the Attorney General, at a Conference of the Fourth Judicial Circuit of the United States, Asheville, North Carolina" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. June 6, 1935. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank T. Browning, Joseph K. Roberts and DeWilton Snowden
Maryland House of Delegates
Prince George's County

with Alvin M. Bond and John Gourley
Succeeded by
Charles E. Coffin, J. Benson Perrie and Richard Wootton
Preceded by
Judson T. Cull
Mayor of Laurel, Maryland
April 8, 1891 – April 5, 1893
Succeeded by
J.R. Huntt
Preceded by
William B. Clagett
Comptroller of Maryland
August 2, 1911 – January 15, 1912
Succeeded by
Emerson Harrington