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Charles Henry Stanley (September 1819, Brighton - 1901, USA) was
the first chess champion of the United States. When the first-ever
U.S. championship match took place in 1845, Stanley defeated Eug ne
Rousseau of New Orleans and thus claimed the title. Stanley was an
Englishman who emigrated from London to New York in 1845 per USA
Federal Census of 1900, to work in the British Consulate, and his
English ideas had a great influence on American chess.
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