Elmer E. Stanton
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

ELMER E. STANTON—In the world of finance of Rensselaer County, New York, Elmer E. Stanton was a prominent figure, having been identified with the organization of the Pioneer Building Loan and Savings Association of Troy and with its growth and development throughout its entire history, also having been secretary of the organization for the past twenty-four years. Mr. Stanton was a native of the State of New York, and a son of Elijah R. and Amanda C. (Haynes) Stanton, esteemed farming people of Clinton County.

Elmer E. Stanton was born at Saranac, New York, March 15, 1862, and died July 1, 1923. His education was begun in the district schools of the countryside, and after completing the course, he taught for two years in the country schools. Coming to Troy in 1882, he took up a commercial course in the Troy Business College, securing a position immediately following his graduation. He had been a resident of this city up to the time of his death. His first employment was with A. E. Bonstell, and he remained with him until the year 1898, when a few months later he became secretary of the Pioneer Building and Loan Savings Association of Troy. Active in the development of this organization and one of the leading forces for its progress even in those early years, Mr. Stanton did much for the promotion of home ownership among the people in this city and vicinity. The duties of secretary were placed in his hands in 1899, and he filled them with ability continuously. The work of this oflfice includes the management of the affairs of the organization, and the growth which the association enjoyed after Mr. Stanton became its secretary attested his large executive ability and progressive spirit. Mr. Stanton was vice-president of the New York State Land Bank from the time of its founding in 1914, and he was a past president of the New York State League of Building and Loan Associations.

A Republican by political affiliation, Mr. Stanton took only the interest of the progressive citizen in public affairs, but lent his influence to all advance movements. Fraternally he was identified with Mount Zion Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; and he was a member of the National Union, in which he held the highest office, that of Senator of New York State. He was ex-president of the local lodge of this order, and also served as delegate and committeeman at the National Congress of the same order. His religious affiliation was with the Fifth Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Stanton married, on July 16, 1886, Jennie E. Booth, daughter of Joseph Booth, of Troy, and they were the parents of three children: 1. Ida F., educated in the Troy public schools and now the widow of Charles H. Stockwell, their only child being Ida E. 2. Florence J., educated in the Troy public and high schools, now the wife of Howard W. Meehan. 3. Harold E., educated in the Troy public and high schools and in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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