Stanley, Henry Morton

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to
Full name
Henry Morton Stanley
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
No. of Spouses
1
No. of Children
0
Family
Elizabeth Parry (mother), Dorothy Tennant (wife, 1890)
Occupation
Politician
Journalist
Other
Other Occupation
Explorer
Military
Union Army
Union Navy
Confederate Army

Henry Morton Stanley (American National Biography)

Scholarship
In October 1869 Stanley was summoned to Paris by James Gordon Bennett, the proprietor of the [New York] Herald, who instructed him to find David Livingstone, the famous African missionary believed to be lost in central Africa, but he was to begin the search only after completing a series of assignments in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, and India. It was March 1871 before he left Zanzibar with a large expedition bound for Tanganyika (the two countries now form Tanzania) in East Africa. After suffering great hardships and surmounting obstacles and dangers, he found Livingstone at Ujiji. Raising his hat, he asked politely, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" (How I Found Livingstone, p. 78).

Together they explored the north end of Lake Tanganyika before Stanley emerged from the interior carrying letters and notebooks from the missionary, who had no wish to leave. His newspaper stories and his book, How I Found Livingstone (1872), brought him fame.
Byron Farwell, "Stanley, Henry Morton," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/20/20-00982.html.
Chicago Style Entry Link
McLynn, Frank. Stanley: Sorcerer's Apprentice. London: Constable, 1991. view record
McLynn, Frank. Stanley: The Making of an African Explorer. Chelsea, MI: Scarborough House, 1990. view record
How to Cite This Page: "Stanley, Henry Morton," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, https://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/node/6627.