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John Carfield Sanborn (September 28, 1885 – May 16, 1968), Idaho) was a congressman from southern Idaho. Sanborn served as a Republican in the House for two terms, from 1947 to 1951.

John C. Sanborn
John Sanborn (Idaho Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1951
Preceded byHenry Dworshak
Succeeded byHamer H. Budge
Member of the Idaho Senate
In office
Member of the Idaho House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
John Carfield Sanborn

September 28, 1885
Chenoa, Illinois
DiedMay 16, 1968(1968-05-16) (aged 82)
Boise, Idaho
Resting placeHagerman Cemetery
Hagerman, Idaho
NationalityUnited States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jessie Margaret McNabb Sanborn (1887–1955)
(m. 1912–1955, her death)
ParentsOrville D. Sanborn
Frances (Carfield) Sanborn
Alma materOberlin College, 1908
Columbia Law School, 1912

Born in Chenoa, Illinois, Sanborn was the son of Orville D. Sanborn and Frances (Carfield) Sanborn. He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1908 and the Columbia Law School in New York City in 1912.

Sanborn moved west and engaged in agricultural pursuits in Hagerman, Idaho. He was a trustee of the local school district and served in both houses of the state legislature: house (1921–1929) and senate (1939–1941). Following World War II, he ran for Congress and was elected to the open seat in the state's 2nd district in 1946 and re-elected in 1948. He was a candidate for the United States Senate in 1950 and 1956 but was defeated both times in the Republican primary by Herman Welker. He also entered the 1954 gubernatorial primary,[1] won by Robert Smylie. At age 76, he ran for the 2nd district seat again in 1962,[2] but lost a runoff in the GOP primary to Orval Hansen.[3][4]

A Methodist, Sanborn was the last non-Mormon to represent Idaho's 2nd district in Congress. The successor to his open seat, Republican Hamer H. Budge, was the first Mormon to represent Idaho in either house of Congress. For 34 consecutive elections, 1950 through 2018, the 2nd district winner has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

U.S. House elections (Idaho's 2nd district): Results 1946–1948
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1946 Pete Leguiniche 41,231 39.3% John Sanborn 63,692 60.7%
1948 Asael Lyman 59,006 48.5% John Sanborn (inc.) 61,690 50.7% C.W. "Babe" Dill Progressive 954 0.8%

Sanborn died in Boise in 1968 at age 82 and was buried in Hagerman.


  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

  1. ^ "John Sanborn". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (advertisement). July 28, 1954. p. 1-sec.2.
  2. ^ "Hansen-Sanborn runoff set Tuesday". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. June 25, 1962. p. 4.
  3. ^ "Orval Hansen defeats Sanborn in Second District runoff". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. June 27, 1962. p. 1.
  4. ^ "Hansen snares congressional runoff in Idaho". Deseret News. UPI. June 27, 1962. p. A5.

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