House 1859-60 (District 2); Senate 1861 (District 21); House 1872 (District 23); House 1881-82 (District 23); Senate 1891-94 (District 25)
Party when first elected: Republican
Date of Birth:
Epsom, New Hampshire
Date of Death:
Reported Minority: None Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Lawyer, Sanborn and French Law Office
Common Schools; Elementary School;
Thetford Academy, New Hampshire; Secondary;
Pembroke Academy, New Hampshire; Secondary;
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; Attended College; One Term, Fall 1851
Studied Law; Judge Fowler's Law Office, Concord, New Hampshire; Admitted to the Bar, 1854
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
Minnesota Adjutant General and Acting Quartermaster General (Appointed by Governor Ramsey);
04/23/1861 to 01/01/1862
4th Minnesota Regiment Infantry Volunteers (United States Civil War/War of the Rebellion, Army of the Mississippi, Southwest District of Missouri, Colonel; Brigadier General Volunteers, August 4, 1863; Brevet Major General Volunteers, February 10, 1865);
11/05/1861 to 06/01/1866
United States Indian Expeditions, District of the Upper Arkansas (Commander);
06/07/1865 to 05/31/1866
U.S. Executive Branch:
United States Indian Peace Commission (Treaties with Cheyennes, Comanches and Other Tribes; Commissioner to Tribes West of the Rocky Mountains);
02/1867 to 1868
Minnesota Historical Society (President);
05/1903 to 05/06/1904
Catharine Hall (married in March 1857; she died in 1860); Widower; Anna Nixon (remarried in 1865, she died in June 1878); Widower; Rachel Rice (remarried on April 15, 1880)
Four children (with Rachel): John B. (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
John B. Sanborn, Jr.
The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1872 lists New York as his birth state. The others list New Hampshire.
He was born on a farm.
He moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in December 1854.
His party affiliation when first elected was provided by Minnesota in Three Centuries.
"I was a Republican member of the House." (Sanborn, Gen. John B. "The Work of the Second Legislature, 1859-60." Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul: the Society, 1905, Vol. 10, Part 2, p. 621)
He fought in numerous battles during the United States Civil War including Iuka, Corinth, Port Gibson, Champion Hills, Vicksburg, Jefferson City, Boonville, Independence, Mine Creek, and Newtonia.
He ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 1860.
He died in St. Paul, Minnesota.