John Sanford (1851-1939), Congressman from New York
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 20th district
March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1893
|Preceded by||George West|
|Succeeded by||Charles Tracey|
|Born||January 18, 1851|
Amsterdam, New York, U.S.
|Died||September 26, 1939 (aged 88)|
Saratoga, New York, U.S.
|Resting place||Green Hill Cemetery, Amsterdam, New York, U.S.|
|Relatives||John Sanford (grandfather)|
|Alma mater||Yale College|
|Occupation||Businessman, racehorse breeder|
John Sanford (January 18, 1851 – September 26, 1939) was an American businessman, a prominent owner/breeder of thoroughbred racehorses, and a member of the United States House of Representatives from New York's 20th congressional district.
John Sanford, a son of Sarah Jane Cochrane and Stephen Sanford and the grandson of John Sanford was born on January 18, 1851 in Amsterdam, New York and died on September 26, 1939 in Saratoga, New York. He was a descendant of Gov. Thomas Welles, the Fourth Colonial Governor of Connecticut and the transcriber of the Fundamental Orders.
He attended Amsterdam Academy, and the Poughkeepsie Military Institute. He was educated at Yale College, earning a degree in 1872.
He engaged with his father in the carpet manufacturing industry in Amsterdam, New York.
Sanford was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses (March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1893). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1892 and resumed his former business pursuits. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892.
Thoroughbred horse racing
On the death of his father Stephen in 1913, John Sanford inherited Hurricana Stock Farm. His father had been successful in racing and John Sanford would become a major figure in the industry. He raced a number of top horses and in 1916 won the Kentucky Derby with his colt, George Smith. In 1923 he became the first American to win the most prestigious steeplechase race in the world when his horse Sergeant Murphy won the English Grand National. In 1923, Sanford won the American Grand National with Best Play.
In 1927, John Sanford changed the Hurricana Stock Farm name to Sanford Stud Farms. A major breeder, Sanford imported several important stallions from Europe where he owned Haras de Cheffreville in Cheffreville-Tonnencourt, France.
He married at Sanford, Florida, February 17, 1892, Ethel Sanford, born on September 2, 1873 at Brussels, Belgium and died on November 13, 1924 in New York City. She was a daughter of Hon. Henry Shelton Sanford and Gertrude Ellen Dupuy. Henry Shelton Sanford was the accomplished diplomat and successful businessman and founder of the city of Sanford, Florida.
John and Ethel were the parents of the following three children:
- Stephen "Laddie" Sanford, born in Amsterdam, New York, September 15, 1899 was an American professional polo player and director of the Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company whose wife was American actress, Mary Duncan. He was one of the several men who had an affair with Lady Edwina Mountbatten.
- Sara Jane Sanford, born in Amsterdam, New York, November 8, 1900. She married Italian diplomat, Mario Pansa in 1937.
- Gertrude Sanford Legendre, was born in Aiken, South Carolina, March 21, 1902, and was an American socialite who served as a spy during World War II. She was also a noted explorer, big-game hunter, environmentalist, and owner of Medway plantation in South Carolina. She was inspiration for Philip Barry's 1929 play "Holiday", made into a classic movie starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.
He died in Saratoga, New York in 1939 and was interred in the family plot in the Green Hill Cemetery in Amsterdam, New York. His once renowned breeding farm and training facility in Amsterdam has fallen into severe decay. In 2007, the "Friends of Sanford Stud Farm" was formed by a former Sanford jockey Louis F. Hildebrandt in an attempt to raise the funds necessary to restore the property.
- Siemiatkoski, Donna H (1990). The Descendents of Governor Thomas Welles of Connecticut, 1590-1658, and His Wife, Alice Tomes. Gateway Press.
- Bulletin of Yale University. Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased During the Year 1939-1940 (PDF). 37. Yale University. 1 January 1941. pp. 10–1.
- "A spicy menage a trois: The shocking love triangle between Lord Mountbatten, his wife and the founder of modern India". Daily Mail. London.
- Nemy, Enid (March 13, 2000). "Gertrude Sanford Legendre, 97, Socialite Turned Hunter and Prisoner of War". The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
- Friends of Sanford Stud Farm | PO Box 106, Amsterdam, NY 12010 at sanfordstudfarm.org
- United States Congress. "John Sanford (id: S000047)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 20th congressional district
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