Frederick Perry Stanton

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Frederick Perry Stanton
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Acting Territorial Governor of Kansas
In office
November 16, 1857 – December 21, 1857
Preceded byJames W. Denver
Succeeded bySamuel Medary
In office
April 15, 1857 – May 27, 1857
Preceded byJohn W. Geary
Succeeded byRobert J. Walker
Secretary of Kansas Territory
In office
April 1, 1857 – December 21, 1857
Preceded byDaniel Woodson
Succeeded byJames W. Denver
Chair of the House Judiciary Committee
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1855
Preceded byJames X. McLanahan
Succeeded byGeorge A. Simmons
Member of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1855
Preceded byJohn B. Ashe
Succeeded byThomas Rivers
Chair of the House Naval Affairs Committee
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 4, 1853
Preceded byThomas Butler King
Succeeded byThomas S. Bocock
Personal details
Born
Frederick Perry Stanton

(1814-12-22)December 22, 1814
Alexandria, District of Columbia
DiedJune 4, 1894(1894-06-04) (aged 79)
Florida
Political partyDemocratic (until 1861)
Republican (after 1861)
ParentsRichard Stanton
Harriet Perry
EducationGeorge Washington University

Frederick Perry Stanton (December 22, 1814 – June 4, 1894) was a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 10th congressional district and an interim governor of territorial Kansas.

Early life and career[edit]

Stanton was born in Alexandria, District of Columbia (now Virginia) on Dec. 22, 1814, son of Richard and Harriet Stanton. Richard was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War, and afterwards became a bricklayer (a skill that he later taught his son).

Education[edit]

Stanton was taught at an early age by the Quaker teacher Benjamin Hallowell. Stanton subsequently attended Columbian University to study classical studies, and he graduated in 1833 at age 19.

Teaching and law careers[edit]

After graduating, Stanton taught for a while in Virginia, followed by a career at a college in North Carolina. At the time, he prepared to enter a Baptist ministry, but instead focused on law.

In 1834, Stanton opened a law office in Memphis, Tennessee.

Career[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

Elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress and the four succeeding Congresses, Stanton served from March 4, 1845 to March 3, 1855.[1] After winning his first election, his chagrined Whig opponent shot Stanton in the neck with a pistol. During the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses, he was chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs, and during the Thirty-third Congress he was chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary.[2]

Stanton served as the governor of Kansas Territory from 1858 to 1861, according to the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. However, according to the Lecompton Historical Society, he instead served as acting governor from April 15, 1857 to May 27, 1857 and from November 16, 1857 to December 21, 1857. On April 1 of that year, he had been appointed Secretary of Kansas Territory, and he held that office until December 21. After his term ended, he moved to Virginia and subsequently settled in Florida. Upon retiring from the office he purchased a large tract of land near Lecompton and built what was at that time the largest and most costly residence in Kansas. At the beginning of the Civil war Stanton joined the Republican party. In 1861 he opened a law office in Washington, D. C., for practice in the supreme court of the United States. He was president of the International Peace League, and was a delegate to the Richmond convention in 1882. In 1885 he went to Florida for his health, and continued to reside in that state until his death.[3]

Death and legacy[edit]

Stanton died near Ocala, Marion County, Florida on June 4, 1894 (age 79 years, 164 days). He is interred at South Lake Weir Cemetery at South Lake Weir, Florida.[4] A marble bust of Gov. Stanton is among the collections of the Kansas Historical Society.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frederick Perry Stanton". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Frederick Perry Stanton". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Frederick Perry Stanton". State Library of Kansas. Archived from the original on November 10, 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Frederick Perry Stanton". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 14 March 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John B. Ashe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 10th congressional district

1845–1855
Succeeded by
Thomas Rivers