John Stanly ( born April 9, 1774 New Bern, North Carolina; † August 2, 1834 ) was an American politician. Between 1801 and 1803, and again from 1809 to 1811, he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.
John Stanly was the father of Congressman Edward Stanly ( 1810-1872 ). The older Stanly initially received a private education and studied at Princeton University after that. After a subsequent law degree in 1799 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Federalist Party, a political career. In 1798 and 1799 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina.
In the congressional elections of 1800 Stanly was in the ninth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of David Stone on March 4, 1801. Until March 3, 1803, he was initially able to complete only one term in Congress. In the 1808 elections he was elected in the fourth district, succeeding William Blackledge again in Congress, where he could spend another term in office between March 4th 1809 and March 3, 1811. Then Blackledge was succeeded again.
After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Stanly practiced as a lawyer again. Between 1812 and 1826, he was several times delegate in the House of Representatives from North Carolina. He died on August 2, 1834 in his home town of New Bern. John Stanly was also known by a duel with former Governor Richard Dobbs Spaight, at the 1802 Spaight was mortally wounded in the year. Then duels were banned in North Carolina. 1841 was named the newly-created post Stanly County to John Stanly.