Senator Stanley Lawrence Hart View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 11/20/1973
Birth Place: Woodstock, IL
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 47 (1937) - 55 (1953)
Home County: Lee
Stanley Lawrence Hart
Lee County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the Honorable Stanley L. Hart, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Stanley Lawrence Hart was born in Woodstock, Illinois, March 21, 1896, the son of Stark L. and Anna Johnson Hart. He attended public schools in Woodstock and the School of Commerce in Chicago. A veteran of World War I, he served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France and Germany and was a member of the American Legion, the Forty and Eight Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

On June 12, 1929, Mr. Hart was married to Kathryn Pyle in Los Angeles, California. They had one daughter and one son.

Mr. Hart was in business in Des Moines, Iowa until 1923 and in Los Angeles, California until 1932. He returned to Iowa and was the Kraft Foods distributor in Keokuk for many years and owner and operator of the Keokuk Barrel Company. He served on the board of directors of the Security State Bank and was an inheritance tax appraiser for twenty years.

Mr. Hart was a longtime member of the Salvation Army and of the Keokuk Rotary Club. He was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church where he served as a vestryman, junior and senior warden, and delegate or alternate delegate to the Diocesan Convention for twenty-five years. He also served one term as vice president of the Diocesan Convention, two times as member of the Council, as a member of the Executive Council of Province Six of the Northwest District, delegate to the General Convention in Miami in 1968, and as trustee of the Seabury Western Seminary at Evanston, Illinois. He was an honorary trustee of Seabury at the time of his death.

A Republican, Stanley L. Hart was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 1937 to fill a vacancy. He was reelected in 1938, 1942, 1946 and 1950. He served as President pro tem pore in the Fifty-first, Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth General Assemblies, and was a member of the Pioneer Lawmakers.

Mr. Hart died at the Graham Hospital in Keokuk, Iowa, November 20, 1973. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; one daughter, Marilyn Hart Galanoy of Newport Beach, California; one son, Stanley Lawrence Hart II of Hamilton, Illinois; a brother, Elmer G. Hart of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and five grandchildren.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-fifth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of Stanley L. Hart, the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the Senate by this resolution would express its appreciation of his services to his community, state and nation and tender its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate, and that the Secretary of the Senate be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.





The resolution was unanimously adopted.