Frank Lebby Stanton
Frank Lebby Stanton or F. L. Stanton was an American Lyrists born on February 22, 1857 in Atlanta, GA. He was the first professional columnist for the Atlanta Constitution and the first poet laureate for the state of Georgia. Mr. Stanton was often called "the James Whitcomb Riley of the South"; The two writers were close friends who frequently traded poetic ideas Stanton has been frequently compared with Indiana's James Whitcomb Riley or called "the James Whitcomb Riley of the South"; Stanton and Riley were close friends who frequently traded poetic ideas. Stanton frequently wrote in the dialect of black southerners and poor whites.
He collaborated with African American composer Harry Thacker Burleigh in the sheet music for Stanton's poem "Jean" (Burleigh composed and harmonized the tune). These and other characteristics of Stanton are well elaborated in the scholarly essays on him by Francis J. Bosha and Bruce M. Swain.
Multi-voice-ranges 1901 cover of Ethelbert Nevin's tune for "Mighty Lak' a Rose" (very much like a rose)sung by a mother to her young son, for which Stanton wrote the lyrics. He also wrote the first line, by which the opus is occasionally known, "Sweetest li'l feller" (sweetest little fellow).
Shortly after his death Stanton was commemorated by the naming of the Frank Lebby Stanton Elementary School in Atlanta, GA. He died on January 7, 1927 in his hometown.