Profile of the Day: Henry Morton Stanley

Posted March 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Henry Morton Stanley

On on March 21, 1871, journalist Henry Morton Stanley began his famous search through Africa for the missing British explorer Dr. David Livingstone. Livingstone had set out for a two year expedition into Africa in 1865 to find the source of the Nile River. However, six years after his expedition began, little was heard of Livingstone. The New York Herald sent Stanley on a highly publicized search to find him. Upon their meeting in 1871, Stanley greeted him with the famous words, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

Did you know that Stanley was born with the name John Rowlands in Denbigh, Wales? In search of a new life, he made his way to the U.S. at the age of 18 and changed his name. Before Stanley began his career in journalism, he served in both the Confederate and the Union Army during the Civil War.

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