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Robert L. Stanton

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Robert L. Stanton
President of Miami University
In office
Preceded byJohn W. Hall
Succeeded byAndrew Dousa Hepburn
Moderator of the 78th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.
In office
Preceded byJohn Cameron Lowrie
Succeeded byPhineas Densmore Gurley
President of Oakland College
In office
Preceded byJeremiah Chamberlain
Succeeded byJames Purviance
Personal details
Robert Lodowick Stanton

(1810-03-28)March 28, 1810
Preston, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedMay 23, 1885(1885-05-23) (aged 75)
Aboard Nevada
RelativesHenry B. Stanton (brother)
Elizabeth C. Stanton (sister-in-law)
EducationLane Seminary
Princeton University
OccupationTheologian, educator

Robert Lodowick Stanton[a] D.D. (March 28, 1810 – May 23, 1885) was an American Presbyterian minister, educator and college administrator. He served as president of Miami University of Ohio from 1868 to 1871. He also served as president of Oakland College in Mississippi.

Early life

Robert Lodowick Stanton was born on March 28, 1810, in Preston, Connecticut, the son of Joseph Stanton (1780–1828) and Susan M. (née Brewster) Stanton (1781–1853).[2] His father manufactured woolen goods and traded with the West Indies.[3] Robert's older brother was Henry Brewster Stanton, who became a journalist and abolitionist, publishing widely in New York and abolitionist newspapers, and lecturing on the abolitionist circuit.[4] Henry married Elizabeth Cady, who became a leader on issues of temperance, women's rights and suffrage, as well as abolition.[5]

Robert Stanton studied at the Oneida Institute in Whitesboro, New York, which he left with the so-called Lane Rebels for the Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio, from which he graduated. He earned his D.D. degree from Princeton University.


He was ordained in 1839 by the Mississippi Presbytery,[1] and became the pastor of churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Ohio. He served as the second president of Oakland College in Lorman, Mississippi from 1851 to 1854; it was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.[6]

He was Professor of Theology at Danville Theological Seminary in Kentucky from 1862 to 1866. From 1866 until 1871, he served as president of Miami University of Ohio. He was moderator of the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church from 1866 to 1867.[7][8]


Stanton, who was a widower with one son, died aboard the steamship Nevada en route to London and was buried at sea on May 28, 1885, at the age of seventy-five.[1] At the time of his death, his residence was 2727 N Street Northwest, Washington, D.C.[9]


  • Stanton Hall on the Miami University campus is named in his honor.[10]


  1. ^ According to his obituary in The Indianapolis News, his full name was Robert Livingston Stanton.[1]
  1. ^ a b c "Rev. Robert L. Stanton, D. D." The Indianapolis News. 30 May 1885. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  2. ^ Wheeler, Richard Anson (1900). History of the Town of Stonington, County of New London, Connecticut: From Its First Settlement in 1649 to 1900. Press of the Day Publishing Company. p. 593. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  3. ^ Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1900). "Stanton, Henry Brewster" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  4. ^ Stanton, William Alonzo (1891). A Record, Genealogical, Biographical, Statistical, of Thomas Stanton, of His Descendants: 1635-1891. J. Munsell's Sons. p. 458. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  5. ^ Gordon, Ann D. (2013). The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: An Awful Hush, 1895 to 1906. Rutgers University Press. p. 502. ISBN 9780813553450. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  6. ^ Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi: Volume II, Part II. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing. 1999. p. 310. ISBN 9781455601196. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  7. ^ Wallace, B. J.; Barnes, Albert (1862). The Presbyterian Quarterly Review. p. 108. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  8. ^ Journal of Presbyterian History. Presbyterian Historical Society. 2003. p. 42. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  9. ^ "LATEST FOREIGN NEWS. A CLERGYMAN'S DEATH AT SEA. NEGLECTING PHYSIC FOR HIS FAITH". The Baltimore Sun. 30 May 1885. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  10. ^ "South Quad | Campus Services Center | Campus Services - Miami University". Miami University. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
Academic offices
Preceded by
John W. Hall
President of Miami University
Succeeded by
Andrew Dousa Hepburn
Preceded by
Jeremiah Chamberlain
President of Oakland College
Succeeded by
James Purviance
Religious titles
Preceded by
The Rev. John Cameron Lowrie
Moderator of the 78th General Assembly
of the U.S. Presbyterian Church

Succeeded by
The Rev. Phineas Densmore Gurley

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