Biography of Joseph H. Sanford
St Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Sanford, Joseph H., Potsdam, was born at West Stockholm, St. Lawrence county, May 2, 1831. The father of our subject, also Joseph H., was a native of New Haven, Vt., where he was born in 1799. He was a young man of eighteen years of age when he moved to this county and settled in West Stockholm, where he was a land agent for Henry Pierrepont and was also engaged in mercantile busiiness. In politics he was a Loco Foco Democrat, and held the office of supervisor of his town a number of years. He was a influential man in his town and an honest, upright business man. He removed to Potsdam in 1842 and conducted a general store here. He built the block now occupied by W. H. Walling, and was interested in the woolen mill that burned in 1839, also one of the leading spirits in the bringing of the Potsdam & Watertown railroad, of which at one time he was treasurer. He was a strong member of the Masonic fraternity. He married in 1825, Elmira, daughter of Joseph Goulding, of Potsdam. and they have seven children, our subject the only one living. J. , Sanford, sr., died in 1865. Our subject was only eleven years of age when he came to this town, and he has ever since lived here. He was educated in St. Lawrence Academy, and his first business venture was in the livery business, which he followed about five years and then engaged in the dealing in live stock, which he has been interested in nearly all his life. He now occupies the office of street commissioner of Potsdam village, and is the superintendent of the Racquette Valley and St. Regis Valley Society Fair. He married in 1854, Mary E., daughter of Aaron T. Hopkins, of Potsdam, and of seven children, but four are living: George H., in mercantile business in Portland, Oregon; Mary E., of Portland; Sarah E., and Charlotte A., who live at home.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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