Nathan Sanford

November 5, 1777
October 17, 1838
Home Town:
Bridgehampton, NY
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Eliza Van Horne Sanford (May 9, 1801)
Mary Isaacs Sanford (April 14, 1813)
Mary Buchanan Sanford (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Nathan Sanford was the son of Thomas and Phebe (Baker) Howell Sanford. In 1802, he became the leader of the Tammany faction of the Jeffersonian Republican Party. Sanford was in public office for the next twenty-nine years. In 1821, Sanford lost the party nomination to Martin Van Buren. While serving as U.S. Senator for New York in 1826, he urged the creation of a department of the interior and advocated expansion of the Attorney General's Office or a department of justice. Sanford died at Flushing, NY.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Educated at the Clinton Academy and Yale College, but did not graduate.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
New York, NY in 1799
Training with Other Lawyers:
Studied with Samuel Jones.
Political Party:
Democratic Republican; Adams; Anti-Jacksonian
Federal Posts:
Commissioner of Bankruptcy 1802
U.S. Attorney for the District of New York (NY) 1803-1816
U.S. Senator (NY) 1815-1821, 1826-1831
Federal Committees:
Chairman of the Committee on Commerce and Manufacturers from 1817-1818 and 1819-1820. Member of the Committee on Naval Affairs from 1817-1818. Member of the Committee on Finance in 1819 and 1820. Served as the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations from 1825-1826.
State Posts:
State Representative (NY) 1808-1809
State Senator (NY) 1812-1815
Chancellor (NY) 1823-1826
State Committees:
Member of the 1821 New York State Constitutional Convention.

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help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
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