Albert Whittemore Sanborn


Men of Progress. Wisconsin. (pages 417-451) A selected list of biographical sketches and portraits of the leaders in business, professional and official life. Together with short notes on the history and character of Wisconsin.

SANBORN, Albert Whittemore, one of the foremost lawyers of Ashland, and member of one of the prominent legal firms of northern Wisconsin, is the son of George W. and Cornelia C. Whittemore Sanborn, and was born in Swanton, Vt., January 17th, 1853. He was educated in the common country schools, a private school and Muskingum College, the latter of which he attended for three years, but did not graduate. He taught school from his seventeenth year until he was twenty-three; and, during two years of that time, studied law with Barnes & Anderson, of Cambridge, Ohio. In April, 1876, he was admitted to the bar in Cambridge, on examination; and, in June of the same year, came to Wisconsin, located at Stevens Point and began the practice of law. At first he was alone, but soon after formed a partnership with D. Lloyd Jones, then of Stevens Point, but now of Milwaukee, under the firm name of Jones & Sanborn. This partnership continued until March, 1889, when G. W. Cate became a member of the firm, he taking the place at its head. This firm continued almost seven years, when it was superseded by that of Cate, Sanborn, Lamoreux & Park, the members of which are G. W. Cate, A. W. Sanborn, Frank B. Lamoreux and Byron B. Park. This firm has been connected with some celebrated cases, among which was the trial of W. W. Hazeltine for the shooting of A. E. Morse, that of Henry and John D. Curran for the shooting of W. W. Hazeltine, and the Mead murder case. In 1893 the firm had considerable business at Ashland, and Mr. Sanborn went thither and formed a partnership with John F. Dufur and C. A. Anderson, the firm name being Sanborn, Dufur & Anderson. After a time D. F. O'Keefe took the place of Mr. Anderson in the firm, which so continued until January, 1897, when it was dissolved by mutual consent and succeeded by the firm of Cate, Sanborn, Lamoreoux & Park.

Mr. Sanborn is a Republican, and as such has held a number of offices. He was district attorney of Portage county for the years 1883-4, was elected to the assembly in 1884 and served one term, declining re- election. He was a delegate from the Ninth congressional district to the Republican national convention which met in Chicago in 1888, and nominated Benjamin Harrison for president. He served two terms as alderman of the First ward of Stevens Point, and was a member of the board of education of that city for ten years, four years of which he was president of the board. While a member of the board he made a long and strong fight, which was finally successful, for better school houses and better school equipments; and for this progressive measure he deserves the thanks of all good citizens.

He is a Mason, a Knight Templar, Knight of Pythias, and a member of the Episcopal church of Stevens Point.

July 16th, 1884, Mr. Sanborn was married to Jessie Louise Walker, daughter of John A. Walker, at one time a prominent lumberman of Stevens Point. Their children are: Norman Walker, Albert Beckwith and Helen May Sanborn, aged, respectively, eleven, six and three years.


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