Orlin Mead Sanford


ORLIN MEAD SANFORD, of Steubenville, Ohio, is a native of Ballston Springs, N. Y., born May 13, 1856, being the son of George and Louisa C. (Gibbs) Sanford. His father was born on Sanford's Ridge, Glens Falls, N. Y., October 25, 1805, and was the son of David and Amy (Hartwell) Sanford, who were natives of Connecticut. The mother of our subject was the daughter of Dr. Leonard Gibbs, a physician of Granville, N. Y. Our subject was but nine months old when his mother died, and only five years when his father died. From the time his mother died, until he was fifteen years of age, he lived with an aunt in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, N.Y. At fifteen, he entered school at Manlius, N.Y. A year later he went to Hartford, Conn., and entered Charles C. Abbott's school for boys, the founder of which was a brother of John S. C. Abbott and Jacob Abbott, the authors. He attended that school two years. He then entered the Massachusetts institute of technology, of Boston, where he remained one year, after which he spent one year reading in the Boston Athenaeum library. For one year following this, he was engaged in a lumber yard and bank at Oneida, N.Y. During four months of 1877, he was traveling in Europe, visiting many points of interest. In the fall of 1877, he entered the law office of Graves & Stevens, of Syracuse, N. Y. In the dall of 1878, he entered the Columbia college law school of New York city, from which he graduated in 1880. He was immediately admitted to the bar, and soon after, he was admitted to practice in the supreme court of New York. He at once entered upon the law business in New York city and for four or five years, he ws connected with Austin Abbott, the well-known author and editor, and during that time he acted as an assistant to that personage, in the preparation of a number of important publications, among which, may be mentioned Abbott's Digests, Reports, Trial Briefs, etc. He afterward engaged in the practice of law, on Wall street, with Daniel S. Remsen. In October 1883, he was married to Hettie B., daughter of Rev. Dr. A. M. Reid, of Steubenville, Ohio, and went to housekeeping in New York city. In the fall of 1886, he removed to Steubenville, Ohio, where he has since been associated with the Steubenville Female seminary. Since the period of his school day at Hartford, Mr. Sanford has written more or less for the press, and for some time past, he has been the special correspondent of a number of the city dailies, and has been a frequent contributor to the New York Observer. He is a member of the Second Presbyterian church of Steubenville, in which he is just now, both elder and treasurer. He is a devoted member of the republican party, and takes an active part in political campaigns, both in the councils of his party, and upon the stump. He is a hard student, and has always been very fond of reading. he possesses an excellent library and is well versed in literature. His tastes and inclinations are for literary pursuits, for which he possesses much natural ability. The parents of Mr. Sanford were married January 8, 1834. His mother was born May 24, 1812. His parents had seven children, of whom he was the youngest. Of these, five were sons, and five are now living: George H. Sanford, the eldest son, was a prominent democratic politician of New York state, and served repeatedly in both the senate and house of representatives in that state. He was a delegate to the national democratic convention, of 1864, being the youngest member of that body. His age was then only twenty-eight. He was subsequently a delegate to one other national convention, and for three years he was a member of the democratic state committee. Leonard G. Sanford, the second son, served as United States consul to Peru, during the administration of President Buchanan. The mother of our subject died at Syracuse, N. Y., March 3, 1857. His father followed lumbering pursuits in northern and western New York, and afterward as a wholesale lumber dealer at Albany. Later, he was largely interested in the manufacture of salt at Syracuse. He died at Clifton Springs, N. Y., sanitarium, March 24, 1862. He was honored with a number of official positions, and served in the New York state assembly.

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