William Eli Sanford

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The Hon.
William Eli Sanford
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Senator for Hamilton, Ontario
In office
February 8, 1887 – July 10, 1899
Appointed by John A. Macdonald
Personal details
Born (1838-09-16)September 16, 1838
New York City, New York
Died July 10, 1899(1899-07-10) (aged 60)
Lake Rosseau, Ontario
Resting place Hamilton Cemetery
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Harriet Sophie (Vaux) Sanford
Children Edward Jackson Sanford, Harry Vaux Sanford

William Eli Sanford (September 16, 1838 – July 10, 1899) was a Canadian businessman, philanthropist, and politician.

Born in New York City, he was orphaned before his seventh birthday and then moved to Hamilton, Upper Canada, to live with his paternal aunt.

In 1887, he was summoned to the Canadian Senate. A Conservative, he represented the senatorial division of Hamilton, Ontario. He drowned in 1899 in Lake Rosseau, Ontario. He is interred in the Sanford Family vault in Hamilton Cemetery.

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