Stanley Archives' Treasures
Henry M. Stanley : Some Milestones
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- 1841: Born and baptized John Rowlands, in Denbigh, Wales.
- 1847-56: Resident of St Asaph Union Workhouse outside Denbigh.
- 1859 : Arrives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- 1861-65: Among other things participates into the American Civil War, first in the Confederate Army and then in both the Union Army and Navy.
- 1865-66: Works as a freelance reporter for the Missouri Democrat.
- 1866: Travels to Turkey with two friends.
- 1867: Rehired by the Missouri Democrat to cover American Indian events.
- 1868: Covers the British campaign against Abyssinian Emperor Téwodros for the New York Herald.
- 1869-70: Reports on the civil war in Spain for The New York Herald. Travels from Egypt to India on assignment.
- 1871-72: Mission in Eastern Africa in search of Dr. David Livingstone. Success brings him both criticism and fame.
- 1873-74: Travels in Gold Coast to cover British operations against the Asante Kingdom for the New York Herald.
- 1874-77: Crosses Africa from the East Coast to the Westward Coast with financial support from the London Daily Telegraph and The New York Herald.
- 1878: King Leopold II of Belgium hires Stanley to create stations along the Congo River.
- 1879-84: In two segments builds stations along the Lower and Upper for Léopold’s Comité d’études du Haut-Congo.
- 1884-85: Participates in the Berlin Conference as a member of the American delegation.
- 1885-87: Travels and lectures in Europe.
- 1887–90: Leads the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition through the Congo to the East Coast.
- 1890: Marries Dorothy Tennant at Westminster Abbey.
- 1890-92: Travels and lectures in the United States and Australia.
- 1893-94: Quiet Years
- 1895: Elected as a Liberal Unionist Member of Parliament, North Lambeth District.
- 1896: Adopts his (eventually only) child, Denzil.
- 1897-98: Travels to South Africa to celebrate the opening of the railway to Bulawayo, Rhodesia.
- 1899: Receives the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath from Queen Victoria.
- 1900: Leaves Parliament.
- 1904: Dies at the family home in Furze Hill, Pirbright Surrey, on May 10.