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John W.A. SANFORD

(1798-1870)

SANFORD, John W.A., a Representative from Georgia; born near Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Ga., August 28, 1798; attended the Baldwin County schools, and Yale University; engaged in agricultural pursuits; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1835, to July 25, 1835, when he resigned, before the convening of Congress, to assist in the removal of the Cherokee Indians; served in the Cherokee War in 1836 with the rank of major general; elected to the state senate in 1837, but resigned before taking his seat; served as secretary of state of Georgia 1841-1843; member of the state convention of 1850; died in Milledgeville, Ga., September 12, 1870; interment in Milledgeville Cemetery.

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

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