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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Frank McMillan Stanton


FRANK MCMILLAN STANTON was born, May 23, 1865, at 313 West 23rd Street, New York City, the youngest son of John and Elizabeth Romaine McMillan Stanton. His father, John Stanton, was born in England, came to the United States as a boy and for several years was engaged in coal-mining. During the Civil War period, he became interested in the copper district of Lake Superior, becoming prominent in the development of that district, where his chief interests were and which he maintained for the remainder of his life. Mr. Stanton’s mother was of an old New York family, related to Governor Peter Stuyvesant and other ancient houses and many of its members were active and prominent in the affairs and history of the city. One brother, John H. Stanton, of New York City, and one sister, Helen Louise Stanton, now Mrs. J. W. Moore, of Atlantic Mine, Michigan, survive him.

Mr. Stanton studied in Grammar School No. 55, New York, afterward in Columbia Grammar School, and entered Columbia University School of Mines in 1882, where he was graduated with the degree of Mining Engineer in 1887. He worked for about two years as a surveyor and assayer, principally at the Central Mine, in which he attracted the attention of several of the important companies of the Superior region. He then accepted a situation with the Atlantic Mining Company, advancing rapidly to Superintendent. In this capacity, he served the company for twenty-three years, improving mining methods and creating what was considered one of the best organizations in the mining field. Under his painstaking and scientific direction, the property held the world’s record for low cost of production during a number of years. The mine produced only low-grade ores and required the most intensive production to operate even profitably. While engaged in this work, Mr. Stanton acted in an advisory capacity to several other companies in the district.

Failing health forced his retirement in 1910 and a long visit to Europe, upon which he visited most of the Continental countries, availing himself of the opportunity to study the mines and mining methods of Europe. Upon his return to active business life, he was elected Treasurer and Director of the Mohawk Mining Company and Wolverine Copper Mining Company, two of the most important in the Superior district, with a daily output of 4,000 tons of high-grade copper ore. He was also Treasurer and Director of the Michigan Copper Mining Company and the White Pine Extension Copper Company, in the same district; President of the Fort Mountain Talc Company, Georgia; Director of the First National Bank, Houghton, Mich., the Ohio and Kentucky Railroad, and the Copper Range Company; and was connected with several other large business operations until his death at Whitestone, Long Island, New York, September 12, 1916.

Mr. Stanton was a life-member of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York; a member of the West 23rd Street Presbyterian Church, New York City, the New York Burns Society, St. George’s Society, and many patriotic, social and professional organizations, including: American Society of Civil Engineers, American Chemical Society, American Forestry Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Institute of Mining Engineers, American Mining Congress (life-member), American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Museum of Natural History, American Automobile Association, Psi Upsilon Fraternity, Washington Continental Guards, Navy League of the United States (life-member), American Association for the Advancement of Science (life-member), Seventh Infantry, N. U. N. Y., Regimental Mess (life-member), Seventh Regiment Veteran and Active League, Society of the Upper Eighties of Columbia University, Sons of the Revolution, Society of Colonial Wars, United Engineering Society, Houghton, Mich., Light Infantry, Horticultural Society of New York, Lake Superior Mining Institute, Michigan State Rifle Association (life-member), National Rifle Association, American Revolver Association, National Security League (life-member), and Columbia University Alumni and Athletic Associations. He was a member of the Whitestone Yacht, New York Athletic, Union League, Engineers’, Columbia Yacht, and University Clubs, New York; the Chicago Athletic Club; the Onigaming and Miscowabik Clubs, Lake Superior; and the Houghton Club, Houghton, Mich. Mr. Stanton married Miss Kathryn Marie Rodolf.


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