Henderson County, Kentucky Biography
Governor of Kentucky


AUGUSTUS OWSLEY STANLEY, Governor of Kentucky (1915-19), retained residence in Henderson, though most of his time was spent in his Washington office.  Mr. Stanley, the son of the Rev. William STANLEY and Amanda OWSLEY, was born in Shelbyville in 1867.  In 1889 he graduated from Centre College, then studied law, and entered the practice in Hopkinsville in 1894, removing to Henderson in 1898.  Nine years later he was elected to represent his district in Congress, where he was continued in office until 1915 when he resigned to be inaugurated Governor.  Upon the death of Senator Ollie M. JAMES in May, 1919, Stanley resigned the governorship and was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator JAMES, serving in the United States Senate until 1925.  In the same year Stanley was appointed a member of the international boundary commission to settle certain boundary disputes between Canada and the United States.  
Senator Stanley married Sue SOAPER, of Henderson, in 1903.

Story was found on page 97 in the “Henderson, Home of Audubon”Henderson, Home of Audubon was compiled by the Workers of the Writers’ Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Kentucky and sponsored by Susan Starling Towles, Librarian, Public Library, Henderson, KY.

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