Oswego County's: Guide To Government

Richard K. Sanford

Mr. Sanford was born in Volney, Oswego County N.Y. on the 25th of July 1822. His father was Kingsbury E. Sanford a native of Hartford Connecticut. He resided during his early life in Warren, Herkimer County and removed to Oswego County in 1816. He married Miss Sophia Falley at Oswego Falls about the year 1820, and the subject of this sketch was their first child.

Mr. Sanford entered Hamilton College in 1839 and graduated in 1843, taking one of the highest honors of his class. He became a Teacher at Middlebury Academy in Wyoming County and at other institutions remaining so engaged until about 1855 when he settled upon a farm in Volney.

In 1858, he abandoned his farm and purchased the Fulton Patriot and Gazette and has been since that time its editor. Unexpectedly to himself, he was last fall nominated for the position he now occupies and was elected by an unprecedented majority. In politics he was formerly a radical Democrat and voted for Hale and Julian in 1852. In 1854, he united with the Republican party. Although a political editor he has but little taste for the usual appliances of partisanship, preferring to wage a contest of principle to winning an ephemeral triumph by the intrigues and tricks of the caucus.

Mr. Sanford was married in 1848 to Miss Lucy A Carrier by whom he had two children and who died in May, 1859 after a protracted illness and insanity. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church in the Village of Fulton where he resides, and sustains an excellent social position.

*Biographical sketches of the state officers and members of the Legislature of the state of New York, in 1861*