Nathan SANFORD, Congress, NY (1777-1838)

Senate Years of Service:
1815-1821; 1826-1831
Democratic Republican; Adams; Anti-Jacksonian

SANFORD, Nathan, a Senator from New York; born in Bridgehampton, Long Island, N.Y., November 5, 1777; completed preparatory studies; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1799 and commenced practice in New York City; United States commissioner in bankruptcy in 1802; United States attorney for the district of New York 1803-1816; member, State assembly 1808-1809, 1811, and served as speaker in the latter year; member, State senate 1812-1815; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1815, to March 3, 1821; chairman, Committee on Commerce and Manufactures (Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses), Committee on Naval Affairs (Fifteenth Congress), Committee on Finance (Sixteenth Congress); delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1821; chancellor of New York 1823-1826, when he resigned, having been elected Senator; elected as an Adams Republican (later Anti-Jacksonian) to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1825, and served from January 14, 1826, to March 3, 1831; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations (Nineteenth Congress); resumed the practice of law in Flushing, Queens County, N.Y., and died there October 17, 1838; interment in St. Georgeâs Episcopal Church Cemetery, Flushing, N.Y..


Dictionary of American Biography.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present