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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
John R. Stanton


AS engineers, as mine superintendents, even among those toiling in the deep and dangerous pits, from the opening of the first coal and iron mines near the Atlantic seaboard, sturdy Scottish miners followed the prospectors across the continent into the mountains and deserts of the far West. In many instances they were the prospectors and pioneers themselves, and the fortunes of numerous families were laid in their successes. There seems to be a strain of mining instinct in the Scottish blood, a skill in drawing upon the wealth of natural resources, so where you find a Scot or Scots’ descendant with an engineering training you are likely to find a man of large success in his chosen profession. John Robert Stanton, one of the best-known mining experts in the United States, was born in New York City, September 25, 1858, the son of John and Elizabet.h Romaine (McMillan) Stanton. He was educated in the New York public schools and took a partial course in mining engineering in the School of Mines, Columbia University.

In his professional capacity Mr. Stanton has been identified chiefly with the successful development of the Lake Superior copper region, and is managing officer of several of its most important mining properties. He is President of the Mohawk Mining Company, the Wolverine Copper Mining Company, the Michigan Copper Mining Company and the White Pine Extension Copper Mining Company. Mr. Stanton is also Vice-President and Director of the Michigan Smelting Company and Director of the Copper Range Company and of the Houghton National Bank.

Mr. Stanton occupies a prominent place in many scientific societies, philanthropic and other organizations. He is Fellow of the American Institute of Civil Engineers, a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, the Lake Superior Mining Institute, Franklin Institute, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Geographical Society, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Botanical Gardens, New York Zoological Society, American Forestry Association, New York Horticultural Society, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Thomas Hunter Association, St. Andrew ‘s Society of the State of New York, St. George’s Society, New York Burns Society, Huguenot Society, Municipal Art Society and of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity.

Mr. Stanton joined the Seventh Regiment, National Guard of New York, September 25, 1876, and was honourably discharged November, 1886. Since the end of his active service he has lent enthusiastic support to the organization as well as to several semi-military societies of which he is a member. He served six years as lieutenant and four years as captain Co. A, Seventh Regiment Veteran Association. He is a member of the Seventh Regiment Veteran and Active League, Old Boys of Co. A., Washington Continental Guards, and Sons of the Revolution.

He is an enthusiastic angler and much interested in aquatic sports and pastimes. Among his many clubs are: New York Yacht, Columbia Yacht, Racquet, New York Athletic, Lotus, Engineers, Union League, Republican, Twilight, Dunwoodie Country (New York); Miscowabik, Onigaming Yacht and Ojibway (Michigan); and Chicago Athletic.

Mr. Stanton was married in Chicago, September 4, 1899, to Miss Helen Maud Kilmer, daughter of Ira Kilmer, of Galesville, Wisconsin. He is a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. His residence is 256 West 70th Street, his office 15 William Street, New York City.


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