Frank Lebby Stanton was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1857. He received
a common school education and was apprenticed at the early age of twelve
as a printer. From 1889 until his death in 1927 he was editorial writer
for the Atlanta Constitution. Frank L. Stanton was named Poet
Laureate of Georgia in 1925. Many of his poems, have been set to music.
The music for Mighty Lak a Rose was composed by Ethelbert Nevin. This tremendously popular
song has been covered by Frank Sinatra, Patti Page, Paul Robeson, Nina Simone and many others.