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Frederick T. Stanley

Frederick Trenck Stanley was born in New Britain, Aug. 12, 1802.

His father, Gad Stanley, was a son of Colonel Gad Stanley, an officer in the Revolutionary army and a civil magistrate of note.

Frederick T. Stanley passed his childhood on the farm in Stanley Quarter, attending school near his home a part of the time.

At sixteen years of age he went into a store in New Haven as clerk, and remained there until 1823, when he removed to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

At this place he was engaged in mercantile business for three years, and then sold out and returned to the North. For a year or two he was clerk on a steamboat making trips from Hartford to New York.

After returning to New Britain he was for a short time clerk in the store of 0. R. Burnham, and in 1829 was engaged in mercantile trade with Curtiss Whaples.

In 1830 he was associated with his brother William B. Stanley, H. W. Clark, and Lora Waters, in a small manufactory on Main Street, near the present railway crossing. He bought out his partners in 1831 and commenced the manufacture of locks, the first made in this country.

He also introduced the first steam-engine used for manufacturing purposes in New Britain. In 1835 he became a partner in the firm of Stanley, Woodruff, & Co. and entered more extensively upon the manufacture of locks of various kinds.

In 1841 he sold out his interest in the latter company, and for the next two years was in business in the State of Mississippi.

Upon his return to New Britain he engaged in the manufacture of bolts and hinges in a shop near his house. The business increased rapidly, and in 1852 a joint-stock company was formed, of which he became president. He was continued in this office until his death, a period of more than thirty years.

In business Mr. Stanley was methodical, energetic, and progressive, but he never made the acquisition of property his sole aim. His generous nature led him to give liberally, both of time and means, for the benefit of others. His public spirit, especially, led him often to place the welfare of the town and city before his private interests.

He planned the city water-works, and by unceasing energy and indomitable perseverance secured the adoption of his plans and the introduction of Shuttle Meadow water into the city. He was one of the prominent movers in securing the town park and having it set apart for public uses.

He was active in promoting the various railway enterprises which have so much benefited New Britain, and the first engine run on the Berlin branch bore his name. He earnestly advocated the system of sewerage finally adopted for the city, and was personally active in making the preliminary arrangements for its use.

He represented the town of Berlin in the legislature in 1834, was in 1850 elected the first warden of the borough of New Britain, and in 1871 the first mayor of the city.

He was interested in the affairs of the country, and though never an active politician, he was well informed on all national questions. An ardent admirer of Daniel Webster, he often travelled long distances to hear him speak.

Mr. Stanley was a consistent member of the South Church, attending its services after his eyesight had entirely failed and his steps had to be guided by another.

He was married, July 4, 1838, to Miss Melvinia A. Chamberlain. There were three children born to them, two of whom died in childhood. The surviving son, Mr. Alfred H. Stanley, resides at the homestead, where his father died, Aug. 2, 1883.

The Memorial History of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Vol.2
by J. Hammond Trumbull, 1886

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