John Stanly (9 April 1774 - 2 August 1834) was a Federalist U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1801 and 1803 and again between 1809 and 1811.
Stanly, the son of John Wright Stanly, was born in New Bern, North Carolina, and educated by private tutors before attending Princeton University. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1799. After practicing law and serving as a clerk and master in equity, Stanly was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons in 1798 and 1799.
In 1800, Stanly was elected as a Federalist to the 7th United States Congress (March 4, 1801 - March 3, 1803); he served again in the 11th Congress (March 4, 1809 - March 3, 1811) before returning to the practice of law. Stanly returned to the state house for several more terms, in 1812-1815, 1818-1819, and 1823-1825. He died in New Bern in 1834 and is buried in the local Episcopal Cemetery.
Stanly County, North Carolina was formed in 1841, and named in his honor.
This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.