Augustus Stanley was born on April
Mr. Stanley remained at home on the
farm until he was twenty four years of age, when he spent about
two years at the West.
After he returned in 1840, he
became interested in various manufacturing industries in New
Britain ; was one of the firm of A. Stanley & Co., which
commenced business in 1850, consisting of himself, his brother,
Timothy W. Stanley, Thomas A. Conklin, and Gad Stanley.
They were engaged in the
manufacture of carpenters' rules until 1854, when the business
was united with that of the Hall and Knapp Company, who were
making spirit levels, try squares, and other carpenters' tools.
The new firm took the name of the
"Stanley Rule and Level Company." The business has been on the
whole prosperous. The capital stock is now $300,000.
Mr. Stanley has been from the first
one of the directors and managers, and has given his attention
largely to the introduction of labor-saving machinery, and the
erection of suitable buildings, such as the steady growth of the
business has required. He united with the church Feb. 4, 1827.
He married, October 5, 1842, Elvira
Ann, daughter of Thomas and Chloe (Chamberlain) Conklin.
The Stanley Families Of America
as Descended From John, Timothy,
and Thomas Stanley
of Hartford, Ct. by Israel P. Warren, 1887.