To Usher In A Governor: Thomas Bahnson Stanley was born near Spencer, VA in July of 1890. He married into the furniture making Bassett family and branched off on his on to form Stanley Furniture. A Democratic, he won in the general election for Governor of Virginia in 1953. He served as the Governor of Virginia from 1954 to 1958. And here are 2 young people who were fortunate to attend his swearing in ceremony. They are James Randolph Joyce and Roberta Groner. Since this photo was taken in 1954 they were about 12 years old.