Mary Newton Stanard

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Mary Mann Page Newton Stanard (1865 - June 5, 1929) was an American historian, specializing in the history of Virginia.

Born in Westmoreland County, Stanard was the daughter of John Brockenbrough Newton and Roberta Page (Williamson) Newton. She began her education in local schools before attending, and graduating from, the Leache-Wood School in Norfolk. On April 17, 1900, she married William Glover Stanard, at the time the corresponding secretary of the Virginia Historical Society, and with him took up residence in Richmond. Stanard's career as a historian began when she and her husband published The Colonial Virginia Register in 1902; in 1907 her first solo work, The Story of Bacon's Rebellion, appeared. She wrote and edited a number of books covering various aspects of Virginia history, and produced biographies of her father Bishop Newton, Edgar Allan Poe, and John Marshall. Until her death, Stanard was historian of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities; she also served as vice-president of the state chapter of the Colonial Dames of America, and was a member of the executive committees of the Edgar Allan Poe Shrine and the Virginia War History Commission. She died in Richmond.[1][2][3]


  • The colonial Virginia register; a list of governors, councillors and other higher officials, and also of members of the House of Burgesses and revolutionary conventions of the colony of Virginia (with William G. Stanard, 1902)
  • The story of Bacon's rebellion (1907)
  • The dreamer; a romantic rendering of the life-story of Edgar Allan Poe (1909)
  • John Marshall (1913)
  • Colonial Virginia: its people and customs (1917)
  • Richmond: its people and its story (1923)
  • John Brockenbrough Newton, a biographical sketch (1924)
  • Edgar Allan Poe letters till now unpublished: in the Valentine museum, Richmond, Virginia (edited, 1925)
  • The story of Virginia's first century (1928)



  1. ^ Jennifer Scanlon; Shaaron Cosner (1996). American Women Historians, 1700s-1990s: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-29664-2.
  2. ^ Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1915). Encyclopedia of Virginia biography, under the editorial supervision of Lyon Gardiner Tyler. Lewis historical publishing company. pp. 282–.
  3. ^ Grinnan, Daniel (1929). "Mary Newton Stanard". The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. 37 (3): 217–220. JSTOR 4244286.
  4. ^ "Stanard, Mary Newton 1865-1929 [WorldCat Identities]". Retrieved Dec 7, 2019.