Scope and Content
Title: Philip Ackley Stanton Papers
Collection Number: mssStanton papers
Stanton, Philip Ackley, 1868-1945
336 items in 1 box
The Huntington Library,
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San Marino, California 91108
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Abstract: The collection consists of papers
related to the political, business and personal life of Southern California real estate developer
and politician Philip A. Stanton (1868-1945). The majority of the collection
concerns Philip Stanton’s political relationships, ambitions, and positions.
Language of Material: The records are in English.
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[Identification of item]. Philip Ackley Stanton Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Purchased from G. F. Hollingsworth on February 14, 1956, and May 30, 1958.
Philip Ackley Stanton (1868-1929) came to California in 1887, became president of several real
estate companies, and was responsible for building the towns of Huntington Beach
(originally Pacific City, 1901) and Seal Beach (originally Bay City, 1915). The town
of Stanton is named after him and he assisted in its 1911 incorporation. He served
in the California assembly (1903-10), including a term as speaker from 1909 to 1910,
served as a member of the Republican National Committee for California 1912 to 1916.
In 1910, Stanton lost the Republican gubernatorial primary to the progressive Hiram
Scope and Content
The collection consists of papers related to the political, business and personal
life of Philip A. Stanton. The papers span the years from 1909 to 1929. The majority of the collection concerns Philip
Stanton’s political relationships, ambitions, and positions.
Notable items include letters from William H. Taft, Samuel M. Shortridge, fellow
legislators, and exchanges with Charles C. Chapman and Henry M. Wisler about citrus
growers’ aid to the suffering civilian populations of Western Europe during World
One folder contains correspondence related to Stanton’s business interests, almost
exclusively in real estate and land development in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.
It is organized chronologically. Notable items include a letter from Henry E.
Huntington, several from his son Howard Huntington, and fifteen letters from Isaias
W. Hellman, the prominent German-Jewish L.A. based businessman.
The one folder of newspaper clippings concerns Stanton’s political career,
specifically the 1910 Republican gubernatorial primary and 1916 Republican
senatorial primary. An ornate leather-bound scrapbook, decorated with metal plates,
contains eleven telegrams and letters from such notables as David Starr Jordan,
Harrison Gray Otis, and Hiram Johnson, congratulating Stanton on his role as
California Assembly Speaker in defeating anti-Japanese legislation in 1909.
Overall, the papers illuminate the tight social networks that linked leading
businessmen, land development, and the powerful conservative wing of the California
Republican Party. Major subjects include land development in Orange and L.A.
Counties and state and national politics in Southern California, including the
California Assembly, Republican National Committee, the 1920 Presidential election,
the status of Japanese in California, and relief of European civilians affected by
World War I. Major participants include Charles C. Chapman, Isaias W. Hellman, Henry
E. Huntington, Howard Huntington, Senator Samuel M. Shortridge, President William
Taft and Henry M. Wisler.
The collection is grouped into
folders by document type, the folders are in alphabetical order and files within
every folder are arranged chronologically, except for political correspondence. Three folders contain
political correspondence, arranged in alphabetical order of the author’s name.
Stanton, Philip Ackley,
Legislature. Assembly -- History -- Sources.
-- Officials and employees -- Archives.
President -- Elections, 1920.
Governors -- California --
Japanese -- California.
Legislators -- California --
Real estate development -- California,
World War, 1914-1918.
California -- Politics
and government -- 1850-1950.
Letters (correspondence) -- California
Hellman, Isaias W.
(Isaias William), 1842-1920.
Otis, Harrison Gray,
Morgan, b. 1861.
Taft, William H.
(William Howard), 1857-1930.