Stanton, R. L. (Robert Lodowick), 1810-1885

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Epithet: of Birchmore, county Bedfordshire; Sheriff of county Bedfordshire

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Robert Brewster Stanton, civil and mining engineer, was born in Woodville, Mississippi on August 5, 1846, the son of Robert Livingston Stanton (1810-1885), Presbyterian clergyman, and Anna Maria Stone. His father, a descendant of Thomas Stanton, one of the founders of Stonington, Connecticut, was educated for the ministry at Lane Seminary in Kentucky and held pastoral posts at Blue Ridge (1839-1841) and Woodville (1841-1843) Mississippi, at New Orleans, Louisiana (1843-1851), and at Chillicothe, Ohio (1855-1862). From 1866 to 1871 he served as president of Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. Previously, he had been president of Oakland College in Mississippi (1851-1854), and professor of pastoral theology and homiletics in Danville Theological Seminary (1862-1866).

During the Civil War years the Stanton family resided for a time in Washington, D.C. where the father's friendship with President Lincoln earned the young Stanton numerous meetings with the president. These encounters as well as other memories of his childhood in the deep South and later life are recorded in his manuscript reminiscences.

Robert Brewster Stanton was graduated from Miami University in 1871 with the A.M. degree. The same year he became an assistant engineer on the survey and location of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in Indian Territory. From 1872 to 1880 he was employed as resident engineer on the location and construction of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad through the Cumberland Mountains between Cincinnati and Chatanooga. During the next four years (1880-1884) Stanton was division engineer on the Union Pacific Railway in charge of all work in Colorado (excepting for the South Park Road). During this time he also served as chief engineer of the Georgetown, Breckinridge and Leadville Railway in which capacity he was responsible for building the “Georgetown Loop” railway.

His work as a consulting engineer in private practice upon which he was engaged from 1884 until his retirement took him to various parts of the United States, and to Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and the East Indies. Traces of his varied professional and business activities appear in his personal papers under such headings as `Cuban Manganese Properties', `Great Bras d'Or Gold Mining Company', `Tripple Trip Mining Company', and the like.

The great adventure of his life, however, began in Denver in 1889 when he became involved in a scheme to build a railroad through the canyons of the Colorado to the Gulf of California. As chief engineer of the newly-formed Denver, Colorado Cañon and Pacific Railroad Company Stanton was eventually to lead a survey party through the Grand Canyon, becoming, after the Major Powell party of 1869, the second such party in history to navigate successfully the perilous gorges. The vicissitudes of the voyage are recorded in his field notes and in a book published after his death ( Down the Colorado edited by Dwight L. Smith, 1965) which was edited from his voluminous manuscript, The River and the Canyon, large sections of which still remain unpublished.

In addition to his work on the Colorado Stanton wrote a rough draft of his reminiscences and published several articles and monographs relating to his Canyon voyage.

In 1881 he was married to Jean Oliver Moore of Denver, Colorado. They had 5 children: Robert Brewster, Jr., Harold, Edwin, Jean and Anne who married Lewis Sayre Burchard. Stanton died in 1922.

From the guide to the Robert Brewster Stanton papers, 1851-1960, 1890-1950, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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associatedWith Akin, Louis person
associatedWith Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company corporateBody
associatedWith Avery, James, fl. 1712-1765. person
associatedWith Burchard, Anne Stanton person
associatedWith Burchard, Lewis Sayre person
associatedWith Burchard, S. D. (Samuel Dickinson), 1812-1891 person
associatedWith Cincinnati Southern Railway Company corporateBody
associatedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Denver, Colorado Canyon and Pacific Railroad Company corporateBody
associatedWith Edwards, William Henry, 1833-1920 person
associatedWith Galloway, Nathan person
associatedWith Great Bras d'Or Gold Mining Company corporateBody
associatedWith Hawkins, William R person
associatedWith Hislop, John person
associatedWith Hoskannini Company corporateBody
associatedWith Kolb, Ellsworth Leonardson person
associatedWith Marston, Otis R person
associatedWith Matthes, François, 1874-1948 person
associatedWith Monterey Public Library. California History Room. corporateBody
associatedWith Parry, John E person
associatedWith Stone, Julius F person
associatedWith Sumner, John C person
associatedWith Tripple Trip Mining Company corporateBody
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Bletsoe, Bedfordshire
Eyeworth, Bedfordshire
Shillington, Bedfordshire
Westoning, Bedfordshire
Stafford (Conn.)
Bedfordshire, England
Little Staughton, Bedfordshire
Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire
Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
Toddington, Bedfordshire
Flitwick, Bedfordshire
Harlington, Bedfordshire
Tewin, Hertfordshire
Wootton, Bedfordshire
Dunton, Bedfordshire
Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Chellington, Bedfordshire
Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Colmworth, Bedfordshire
Wormley, Hertfordshire
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
Southill, Bedfordshire
Renhold, Bedfordshire
Hertfordshire, England
Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire
Kempston, Bedfordshire
Hockley, Essex
Baldock, Hertfordshire
Harrold, Bedfordshire
Campton, Bedfordshire
Pavenham al. Patenham, Bedfordshire
Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire
Astwick, Bedfordshire
Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire
Newton Bromswold, Northamptonshire
Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire
Eynesbury, Huntingdonshire
Hertford, Hertfordshire
St Albans, Hertfordshire
Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire
Guernsey, Channel Islands
Carlton, Bedfordshire
Essendon, Hertfordshire
Barton, Bedfordshire
Odell, Bedfordshire
Little Barford, Bedfordshire
Lidlington, Bedfordshire
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
Girtford, Bedfordshire
Higham Gobion, Bedfordshire
Sandy, Bedfordshire
Old Warden, Bedfordshire
Millbrook, Bedfordshire
Wymington, Bedfordshire
Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire
Newbury, Berkshire
Bromham, Bedfordshire
Northamptonshire, England
Ampthill, Bedfordshire
Bushmead, Bedfordshire
Mines and mineral resources
Mines and mineral resources
Mines and mineral resources
Mines and mineral resources
World War, 1914-1918
Civil engineers
Mining engineers


Birth 1810-03-28

Death 1885-05-23



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