Rollin B. Sanford

Rollin Brewster Sanford (May 18, 1874 – May 16, 1957) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Rollin Brewster Sanford
Rollin B. Sanford.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th district
In office
Preceded byPeter G. Ten Eyck
Succeeded byPeter G. Ten Eyck
Personal details
Born(1874-05-18)May 18, 1874
Nicholville, New York, U.S.
DiedMay 16, 1957(1957-05-16) (aged 82)
Loudonville, New York, U.S.
Cause of deathStruck by car
Resting placeAlbany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materAlbany Law School

Early lifeEdit

Born in Nicholville, New York to Henry T. Sanford (1840-1897) and Louisa Ann Brewster (c. 1841-1922), Sanford was raised in Albany and graduated from Albany High School in 1893.[1] Sanford graduated from Tufts College in 1897.[2] He received a law degree from Albany Law School in 1899,[3] attained admission to the bar and commenced practice in Albany, New York.


He served as member of the New York National Guard from 1901 to 1906. In the early 1900s he was a member of the Albany Board of Aldermen.[4] In 1908 Sanford was elected Albany County District Attorney and served until 1914.[5]

Sanford was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth, Sixty-fifth, and Sixty-sixth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1915 to March 3, 1921.[6] He declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1920, and returned to practicing law. From 1921 to 1940 he served as member of the New York State Board of Law Examiners.[7]

Death and burialEdit

In retirement Sanford resided in Loudonville, New York. He died there on May 16, 1957 after being struck by a car.[8] He was interred in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York, Section 114, Lot 20.[9]


Rollin B. Sanford was the great-grandson of Jonah Sanford. His son William K. Sanford served as Colonie Town Supervisor from 1950 to 1978.[10]


  1. ^ Albany High School, Annual Report of the Albany High School, 1898, page 73
  2. ^ Tufts University, History of Tufts College, 1896, page 335
  3. ^ James Clark Fifield, editor, The American Bar, 1918, page 430
  4. ^ Cuyler Reynolds, Albany Chronicles, 1906, page 797
  5. ^ Potsdam Courier-Freeman, Rollin B. Sanford Formerly of Nicholville Now District Attorney of Albany County, June, 1908
  6. ^ Winnipeg Free Press, Republicans Make Sweeping Gains, November 4, 1914
  7. ^ New York Times, Quits State Law Board: R.B. Sanford Testified in the Printing Inquiry Recently, January 6, 1940
  8. ^ New York Times, Rollin Sanford Killed: Former House Member Hit by Automobile at Albany, May 17, 1957
  9. ^ Thomas E. Spencer, Where They're Buried, 1998, page 251
  10. ^ Stephen Goldstein, Schenectady Gazette, Sanford Decides Against 15th Term as Supervisor, March 1, 1977

External resourcesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Rollin B. Sanford (id: S000053)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Rollin Brewster Sanford at Find A Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Peter G. Ten Eyck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th congressional district

Succeeded by
Peter G. Ten Eyck

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