Thomas Stanley (April 30, 1597 - January 31, 1663) was one of the founders of Hartford, Connecticut.
Stanley was born on April 30, 1597 in Ashford, Kent, England, as the son of John Stanley and Susan Elizabeth. In 1635, he arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts from London, England, upon the ship Planter. Arriving in New England with his brothers - Timothy and John - he became a freeman in Massachusetts. He became a deputy on September 2, 1635 and constable in 1636, the year in which he removed to Hartford, Connecticut. He was an original proprietor of land there, his home lot in 1639 being on Main Street, just north of the Park River, extending to the present Center Church. During his time in Hartford, he was constable in 1644, 1648, and 1653. He finally removed to Hadley, Massachusetts, in 1659 as an original dissenting settler. He remained a townsman there for a few years.
On January 31, 1663, Stanley died in Hadley, Massachusetts.
Stanley married Benedicta Tritton.