Walter Henry Sanborn

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Walter Henry Sanborn (October 19, 1845 – May 10, 1928) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Epsom, New Hampshire, Sanborn received an A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1867 and an A.M. from Dartmouth College in 1870. He was a high school teacher and principal in Milford, New Hampshire from 1867 to 1870. He read law to enter the bar in 1871. He was in private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1871 to 1892. He was an Alderman, St. Paul, Minnesota from 1878 to 1880 and from 1885 to 1892.

On February 10, 1892, Sanborn was nominated by President Benjamin Harrison to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit created by 26 Stat. 826. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 17, 1892, and received his commission the same day. Sanborn served in that capacity until his death, in 1928, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He conducted the receiverships of the Union Pacific Railroad (1893–98), the Chicago Great Western Railroad (1908-09), and the Frisco Railroad (1913–14). He also handed down important decisions in the Trans-Missouri Freight Association Case (1893), the Standard Oil Case (1909), and the Oklahoma Gas Case (1911).

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