Explorer, Journalist. Born John Rowlands in Denbigh Wales, he was journalist noted for his expeditions to the African continent and remembered for the words uttered to Livingstone upon finding him: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?". In 1859, he went to the United States to start a new life, participated in the Civil War first as a Confederate and later in the Union Army. Following the Civil War, he began a career as a journalist and wrote about an expedition to the Congo region of Africa. In 1867, he was recruited to serve as a correspondent to cover the work for several newspapers to find missionary David Livingstone in Africa. This 700-mile expedition through the tropical forest, resulted in Stanley finding Livingstone in November 1871. His diaries became published in newspapers world wide as well as in the Encyclopedia Britannica and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. On his return to England in the 1880s, he entered Parliament as a member for Lambeth North, serving from 1895 to 1900. He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Bath in 1899, in recognition of his service to the British Empire in Africa and died in London in 1904.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith