STANLEY, Augustus Owsley (1867-1958)
Senate Years of Service: 1919-1925

STANLEY, AUGUSTUS OWSLEY, a Representative and a Senator from Kentucky; born in Shelbyville, Ky., May 21, 1867; attended the State college at Lexington, Ky., and graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1889; professor of belles-lettres at Christian College and principal of Mackville Academy 1891-1893; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1894 and commenced practice in Flemingsburg, Ky.; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1900; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1915); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-fourth Congress; Governor of Kentucky 1915-1919, when he resigned, having been elected Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1918 to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Ollie James for the term commencing March 4, 1919, but, preferring to continue as Governor, did not qualify until May 19, 1919, and served until March 3, 1925; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1924; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; member of the International Joint Commission 1930-1933, chairman 1933-1954; died in Washington, D.C., August 12, 1958; interment in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.

Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: Miscellaneous letters and references in various collections.

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1915-1919. 5 cubic feet. Gubernatorial papers. Finding aid.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: In Ernest Oberholtzer papers, 1856-1980s, on 52 microfilm reels.

University of Kentucky Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
Lexington, KY
Papers: 1844-1958 (bulk 1903-1958). Ca. 20 feet. Family papers and correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, pictures, clippings, and books covering his public career. Topics include Kentucky political campaigns, tobacco controversies, prohibition, congressional investigation of the United States Steel Corporation, and affairs of the International Joint Commission. Finding aid. Partially restricted.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Stella Brunt Osborn papers, 1916-1983; and Henry Carter Adams papers, 1864-1924. Finding aid.

Western Kentucky University Library
Special Collections
Bowling Green, KY
Papers: 1890, 1917, 1948. 6 items. Correspondence and one photograph.

  • Burckel, Nicholas C. "A.O. Stanley and Progressive Reform, 1902-1919." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 79 (Spring 1981): 136-61.
  • Ramage, Thomas. "Augustus Owsley Stanley: Early Twentieth-Century Kentucky Democrat." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Kentucky, 1968.