George P. Sanford Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Sanford, G. P., (George P.)
George P. Sanford papers
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet , 11 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

Return to Table of Contents »

Biographical Note

George Poindexter Sanford was born in Byron, New York, in 1835. A few years later he came to Michigan. He graduated from the Michigan State Normal School and in June, 1861, he obtained the degree of bachelor of science at the University of Michigan. When war was declared in 1861 he enlisted in the 1st Michigan Infantry, and was made captain. On May 6, 1862, he was forced to resign on account of an illness. From August, 1862, to May, 1863, he was a clerk in the auditor general's office, after which he acted as assistant provost marshal of the third congressional district. In 1864 he was appointed major and paymaster, and in 1866 resigned from the army and was breveted lieutenant colonel for meritorious services. He then went to Lansing and engaged in the real estate and insurance business, the firm being known as House, Porter & Sanford. In 1869 he represented Ingham county in the legislature, and was defeated by the republican candidate for re-election in 1870. Two years later he founded the Lansing Journal and later the State Democrat. In 1878 he was the democratic nominee for regent of the university, and for auditor general in 1884. He was also a member of the state board of education and one year president, a member of the democratic state committee, president of the state press association, and of the alumni of the state university.

Sanford was postmaster at Lansing from July, 1886, to February, 1887, and in 1891 was commander of Charles T. Foster post, G. A. R. It was while delivering the oration at the soldiers' monument in Mt. Hope cemetery on Decoration day, 1891, that he was first stricken with paralysis. He died January 15, 1894 after suffering another stroke.

Information retrieved October 23, 2013 from

Return to Table of Contents »

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains several essays and speeches written by Professor George Sanford during the 1850s and 1860s. Also included are University of Michigan Commencement Exercise Programs from 1860 and 1861, a Michigan Female College Commencement Program (1862), and Lansing Journal stationery from the 1870s.

Return to Table of Contents »

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections August 10, 1970

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  July 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Madison Kuhn, 1973-02-07.

Return to Table of Contents »

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Lansing Journal--Stationery
  • Michigan Female Seminary.
  • University of Michigan.

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865


  • American essays
  • Education, Higher -- Michigan
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.

Return to Table of Contents »

Collection Inventory


Programs 1856 


University of Michigan Commencement Exercise Program; 1858 Poetry 


U of M Commencement Program and Literacy Exercises of Delta Kappa. Epsilon 1960 


U of M Commencement Program 1861 


Essay-"The Heroic" 1862 


Michigan Female College Commencement Program 1862 


Speech for Michigan Female College 1866-1867 


Lansing Journal Stationery 1870s 


Essays and Speeches Undated