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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesNorth Carolina

SANFORD, (James) Terry

(1917—1998)

Senate Years of Service: 1986-1993
Party: Democrat

SANFORD, (James) Terry, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Laurinburg, N.C., August 20, 1917; attended Presbyterian Junior College; graduated, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1939; graduated, University of North Carolina Law School 1946; special agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation 1941-1942; parachute infantry, United States Army 1942-1945; North Carolina National Guard 1948-1960; assistant director, Institute of Government, University of North Carolina 1946-1948; lawyer in private practice 1948-1960, 1965-1969, 1985-1986; North Carolina State senator 1953-1955; Governor of North Carolina 1961-1965; president of Duke University 1969-1985; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on November 4, 1986, for the unexpired term of John East ending January 3, 1987, and for the six-year term ending January 3, 1993, and served from November 5, 1986, to January 3, 1993; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1992; chairman, Select Committee on Ethics (1992); resumed the practice of law in North Carolina and Washington, D.C.; died in Durham, N.C. on April 18, 1998; interment in Duke University Chapel.


Bibliography

Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives ; Covington, Howard E., Jr., and Marion A. Ellis, Terry Sanford: Politics, Progress, and Outrageous Ambitions . Durham: Duke University Press, 1999; Sanford, Terry. But What About the People? New York: Harper & Row, 1966.

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

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