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Frederick Trent Stanley

Born: 12-Aug-1802
Birthplace: New Britain, CT
Died: 2-Aug-1883
Location of death: New Britain, CT
Cause of death: Natural Causes
Remains: Buried, Fairview Cemetery, New Britain, CT

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Stanley Works

Frederick Trent Stanley worked as a store clerk and peddler until his father's death, when he was 21. With a small inheritance he opened a hardware store in Fayetteville, North Carolina, selling and installing such needed items as nails and door hinges. In 1842, he bought an abandoned building in New Britain, Connecticut, and opened Stanley's Bolt Manufactory, using a one-cylinder, high-pressure steam engine to make bolts and such hardwares as doorknobs and drawer handles. Ten years later the company was incorporated as the Stanley Works.

Prior to opening the bolt factory, he was co-owner of a small hardware shop that, long after Stanley sold his interest, evolved into the American Hardware Corporation, a major retailer through the 1950s. His cousin Henry Stanley founded the Stanley Rule & Level Company in 1857, a toolmaking business, and served concurrently as President of both companies after the Civil War. Frederick Stanley withdrew from the business, entered local political life, and was elected mayor of New Britain. Stanley Rule was merged into Stanley Works in 1920.

    Stanley Works Founder & President (1842-64)


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