Personal and political correspondence of William Stanton, chiefly letters addressed to him. Correspondents include Benjamin Stanton, Edwin McMasters Stanton, Benjamin Franklin Wade, Edwin Lamson Stanton, Rutherford Hayes, and others -- There are also a few pieces of correspondence between Benjamin Stanton and other family members, and a small group of letters of Brian Hellen, a Quaker of Beaufort, (N.C.), discussing a dispute over family inheritance, which included slaves.
William Stanton, Ohio physician, lawyer, and legislator, son of Dr. Benjamin Stanton and cousin of Edwin McMasters Stanton. He began his professional life as a civil engineer in 1851. After about three years, he turned to the study of medicine, and in 1856 graduated at the Miami Medical College, at Cincinnati. Having practiced medicine for three years, he turned his attention to the study of law. In 1859 he graduated from the Cincinnati Law School in 1859 and practiced law in Cincinnati. He represented Hamilton County in the Ohio legislature from 1862 to 1868. In 1875 he retired and moved to first to Pennsylvania and in 1888 to Pasadena, Calif.
His father Benjamin Stanton (1793-1861) was a known Ohio Quaker (Hicksite), physician, and abolitionist. A native of Carteret County, North Carolina, he moved to Ohio in the early 1800. Having studied medicine at Mount Pleasant, he settled in Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio where he set up a practice.
Guide to American historical manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, Calif. : H. E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, 1979).
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is cited in: Stanton; the life and times of Lincoln's Secretary of War [by] Benjamin P. Thomas and Harold M. Hyman (New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1962).