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Augustus Owsley Stanley

Born: May 21, 1867

Death: Aug 12, 1958

Birthplace: Shelbyville

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Augustus Owsley Stanley

Date of Birth : May 21, 1867
Date of Death : Aug 12, 1958
Birth Place : Shelbyville

Augustus Owsley Stanley I was a politician from the US state of Kentucky. A Democrat, he served as the 38th Governor of Kentucky and also represented the state in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. From 1903 to 1915, Stanley represented Kentucky's 2nd congressional district in the House of Representatives, where he gained a reputation as a progressive reformer. Beginning in 1904, he called for an antitrust investigation of the American Tobacco Company, claiming they were a monopoly that drove down prices for the tobacco farmers of his district. As a result of his investigation, the Supreme Court of the United States broke up the American Tobacco Company in 1911. Stanley also chaired a committee that conducted an antitrust investigation of U.S. Steel, which brought him national acclaim. Many of his ideas were incorporated into the Clayton Antitrust Act. During an unsuccessful senatorial bid in 1914, Stanley assumed an anti-prohibition stance. This issue would dominate his political career for more than a decade and put him at odds with J. C. W. Beckham, the leader of the pro-temperance faction of the state's Democratic Party.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician

Also known as

  • Augustus Stanley


  • Sue Soaper Stanley
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