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Obituary - Stansbury, William R.
Submitted by congress_congdb on December 28, 2009 - 11:07pm
Stansbury. On Sunday, June 5, 1927, at 5:42 a.m. at Garfield Hospital, William R. Stansbury clerk of the
Supreme Court of the United States, in the 72nd year of his age. Body resting at the residence of his nephew,
Frederick N. Tyler, 1520 O street, n.w., Funeral services from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, N.H. ave. and
V st. n.w. on Tuesday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m. Interment (private) at Congressional Cemetery.
The Evening Star, June 6, 1927
W.R. Stansbury, Court Clerk Dies
Widely Recognized as an Authority on Appellate Practice
William Riley Stansbury, 71 years old, chief clerk of the United States Supreme Court, died in Garfield
Memorial Hospital yesterday after an illness of about 10 weeks.
Born in this city, Mr. Stansbury always resided here except for several years spent in the Signal Corps of the
United States Army. He attended Young's private school.
Beginning as the lowest assistant clerk in the United States Supreme Court 45 years ago, he worked his way
up until promoted to chief clerk in October 1921. Mr. Stansbury was a widely recognized authority on
appellate practice and was known to nearly every lawyer practicing before the Supreme Court, many of
whom depended upon him for information in appellate matters.
The body was taken to the home of his nephew, Frederick S. Tyler, 1529 O street, pending funeral services
tomorrow. The services will be held in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in the morning at 10:30 o'clock. Rev.
J.J. Dimon, rector, will officiate,. Interment will be in Congressional Cemetery.
Chief Justice Taft and the associate justices of the Supreme Court will be honorary pallbearers. The active
pallbearers will be Deputy Clerk C. Ellmore Cropley, Assistant Clerks Reginald C. Dilli, Horatio Stonier,
Reynolds Robertson, Harold Willey, Rodolph Waggaman, the Clerk of the District Court of Appeals, Henry
W. Hodges and William M. Dove.
Mr. Stansbury had resided with his sisters until the time of their death. The last sister, Miss Lucy C.
Stansbury, died shortly before the beginning of his recent illness.
He is survived by his nephew, Mr. Tyler; a brother, Phil R. Stansbury of Rockville, and a niece, Mrs. William
H. Haydon of Maryland. He never married.
The Evening Star, June 7, 1927
Justices Attend Stansbury Rites
Taft Pays Tribute to Long Service and Efficiency as Court Clerk
Funeral services for William Riley Stansbury, 71 years old, chief clerk of the United States Supreme Court,
who died in Garfield Memorial Hospital Sunday, were conducted in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church today at
10:30 o'clock. Rev. J.J. Dimon, rector, officiated. Interment was in Congressional Cemetery.
Chief Justice Taft and the associate justices of the Supreme Court were honorary pall bearers. Active pall
bearers were the newly appointed chief clerk, C. Elmore Cropley; Assistant Clerks Reginald C. Dilli, Horatio
Stonier, Reyonds Robertson, Harold Willey, Rodolph Waggerman, the clerk of the District Court of Appeals,
Henry W. Hodges, and William M. Dove.
At the final session of the court yesterday, prior to its three months' recess, Chief Justice Taft delivered a
eulogy of Mr. Stansbury, in which he recounted the latter's long service at the court, praised his efficiency,
and expressed deep regret over his passing. He said:
"The court announces with deep personal sorrow the death of William Riley Stansbury, its clerk, at 5 o'clock
on yesterday (Sunday) morning, June 5." Then, recalling Mr. Stansbury's 45 years of service in the court and
his succeeding James D. Maher, as chief clerk in October, 1921, the Chief Justice added:
"He was an accurate, faithful, earnest and efficient public servant. He was saturated with the traditions of the
office and familiar to the last detail with all the duties to be discharged in that important place. He endeared
himself in every relation to the members of the court. He was genial and accommodating, and interested for every member of the public, and especially every one of the bar who had to transact business with the court. He was a man of the utmost probity and of highest character in every respect."
Deathdate:June 5, 1927
Age at Death:71 Years
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