John W. A. Sanford Jr.

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John W. A. Sanford Jr.
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BornNovember 3, 1825
Milledgeville, Georgia
DiedAugust 7, 1913
  • Lawyer
  • Alabama Supreme Court clerk
  • Attorney General of Alabama

John William Augustine Sanford Jr. (November 3, 1825 - August 7, 1913) was a lawyer, Alabama Supreme Court clerk, and Attorney General of Alabama for three terms. He was born in Milledgeville, Georgia. John W. A. Sanford of Georgia was his father.[1] He attended the Alabama Constitutional Convention of 1901.[2]

He graduated from Oglethorpe University November 13, 1844, with a B.A., Harvard university in 1851 with a B.L., and University of Alabama in 1878 with an LL.D. He was admitted to the bar October 19, 1852.[1] He was a Democrat and supported secession after Abraham Lincoln's election as president. [1] He served as an officer in the Confederate Army. During the war he wrote to Confederate Attorney General Thomas H. Watts seeking the transfer and promotion of his brother-in-law.[3]

March 7, 1860, in Montgomery to He married Sallie Maria Taylor, daughter of Col. William H. Taylor, in Montgomery on March 7, 1860. They had a daughter Valine[2] and a son John W. A. Sanford III who married Minnie Smoot of Mobile. They had several grandchildren.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Alabama Department of Archives and History: Ala. Attorney General John William Augustine Sanford".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Sanford, John W. A. (John William Augustine), 1825-1913. - Social Networks and Archival Context".
  3. "Q38418 - Q38419".

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