Freelan Oscar Stanley

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Freelan Oscar Stanley
Freelan Oscar Stanley.jpg
Born (1849-06-01)June 1, 1849
Kingfield, Maine
Died October 2, 1940(1940-10-02) (aged 91)
Newton, Massachusetts
Education Western State Normal School
Known for Stanley Steamer, The Stanley Hotel
Spouse(s) Flora Stanley
Parent(s) Solomon Stanley
Apphia Kezar French
Relatives Francis Edgar Stanley, brother

Freelan Oscar Stanley (June 1, 1849 – October 2, 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.[1] He later became the principal of Mechanic Falls, Maine high school.[2] In 1876, he married Flora Jane Record Tileston (1847-1939).

They were able to take their Stanley Steamer to the summit of Mount Washington on August 31, 1899 to prove its durability. He was also the founder of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.

He died on October 2, 1940 in Newton, Massachusetts.[3]

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  2. ^ Doris A. Isaacson, ed. (1937). Maine: A Guide Down East. Federal Writers Project. 381–386 
  3. ^ "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.