Nathan Sanford

Nathan Sanford

Nathan Sanford
United States Senator
from New York
In office
March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1821
Preceded by Obadiah German
Succeeded by Martin Van Buren
In office
January 14, 1826 – March 3, 1831
Preceded by Rufus King
Succeeded by William L. Marcy
Personal details
Born (1777-11-05)November 5, 1777
Bridgehampton, New York
Died October 17, 1838(1838-10-17) (aged 60)
Flushing, New York
Political party Democratic-Republican

Nathan Sanford (November 5, 1777 – October 17, 1838) was an American politician.


He was born on November 5, 1777, the son of Thomas Sanford and Phebe (Baker) Sanford. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in New York City.

In 1803, he was appointed as United States Attorney for the District of New York, and remained in office until 1815 when the district was split into the Northern and the Southern District of New York.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1808-09 and 1811. In 1811, he was elected Speaker on January 29, but could not attend the session after February 10 because of ill health. The Assembly moved to elect a new Speaker and proceeded to the election of William Ross. He was a member of the New York State Senate (Southern D.) from 1812 to 1815, sitting in the 35th, 36th, 37th and 38th New York State Legislatures.

In 1815, he was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1815, to March 3, 1821. He was Chairman of the Committee on Commerce and Manufactures (15th and 16th United States Congresses), and a member of the Committee on Naval Affairs (15th Congress) and the