Robert Stanard

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Robert Stanard
Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court
In office
January 19, 1839 – May 14, 1846
16th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
Preceded byAndrew Stevenson
Succeeded byLinn Banks
Personal details
Born(1781-08-17)August 17, 1781
Spotsylvania County, Virginia
DiedMay 14, 1846(1846-05-14) (aged 64)
Richmond, Virginia
Spouse(s)Jane Stith Craig Stanard
Alma materCollege of William and Mary
OccupationLawyer, 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,[1] where he studied law. Stanard subsequently began the private practice of law, and eventually became a notable figure in the Richmond legal community.[2] From 1816 to 1817, he was elected as the 16th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. In 1817, he became the United States Attorney for the District of Virginia.

Stanard was later selected as a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-1830, 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.[2]

The town of Stanardsville, Virginia is named after him.


  1. ^ The History of the College of William and Mary. 1874. Retrieved Nov 21, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography; Volume 2 (Lyon Gardiner Tyler ed.). Lewis Historical Publishing Company. 1915. p. 65. ISBN 1177835193.

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