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SANFORD, Charles W., lawyer, born in Newark, New Jersey, 5 May, 1796 ; died in Avon Springs, Livingston County, New York, 25 July, 1878. He studied law in the office of Ogden Hoffman in New York city, and was admitted to the bar there, where he remained in continuous practice throughout his life. He was counsel for the Harlem railroad for more than twenty years, and became well known from his connection with several important suits. He was vice-president of the Bar association and a member of the Law institute. He enlisted as a private in the 3d New York militia regiment, and was promoted until he was placed in command of the 1st division. In 1867 he was retired by Governor Reuben E. Fenton, after being at the head of the military organization in New York city for more than thirty years. On him devolved the responsibility of directing the troops that were called out to suppress the Astor place, Flour, Street-preachers', and Draft riots. At the beginning of the civil war he responded to the first call for three-months volunteers, and was placed at the head of a division under General Robert Patterson. He was in command at Harper's Ferry during the battle of Bull Run.In his early life General Sanford had some experience as a manager, but having lost both of his theatres by fire, he abandoned that field of speculation.
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