John C. Sanborn
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John C. Sanborn
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Idaho's 2nd district
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1951
|Preceded by||Henry Dworshak|
|Succeeded by||Hamer H. Budge|
|Member of the Idaho Senate|
|Member of the Idaho House of Representatives|
John Carfield Sanborn
September 28, 1885
|Died||May 16, 1968 (aged 82)|
|Resting place||Hagerman Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Jessie Margaret McNabb Sanborn (1887–1955)|
(m. 1912–1955, her death)
|Parents||Orville D. Sanborn|
Frances (Carfield) Sanborn
|Alma mater||Oberlin 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, won by Robert Smylie. At age 76, he ran for the 2nd district seat again in 1962, but lost a runoff in the GOP primary to Orval Hansen.
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.
|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 http://bioguide.congress.gov.
- "John Sanborn". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (advertisement). July 28, 1954. p. 1-sec.2.
- "Hansen-Sanborn runoff set Tuesday". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. June 25, 1962. p. 4.
- "Orval Hansen defeats Sanborn in Second District runoff". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. June 27, 1962. p. 1.
- "Hansen snares congressional runoff in Idaho". Deseret News. UPI. June 27, 1962. p. A5.
- United States Congress. "John C. Sanborn (id: S000029)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- John C. Sanborn at Find a Grave
- Political Graveyard – Sanborn
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd congressional district
January 3, 1947–January 3, 1951
Hamer H. Budge