Thomas Sandford

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Thomas Sandford (1762 – 10 December 1808) was an American soldier and politician.

He was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia in 1762, son of Youell Sanford (d. 24 January 1794 in Cople Parish, Westmoreland County) and Elizabeth Pope (b. 1732), daughter from a family long important in Virginia politics. In 1770, he inherited 150 acres of land from his paternal grandfather Youell Sanford Sr.[1]

He rose to become a General in the American War of Independence. Following the Revolution, he settled in Kentucky where he had been granted land, in 1792.[2] In his political career he was a state representative and senator, then a representative in the Eighth and Ninth Congresses (1803–1807).[3] He drowned in the Ohio River near Covington, Kentucky on 10 December 1808.[4]


Thomas Sandford was born 1762. He first married Sarah Redman (1768–1805) about 1786 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. They had two sons:

  • Alfred Sandford was born 19 February 1788 in Virginia. In the War of 1812 he was a Major appointed as Adjutant of the First Regiment (Lt. Col. Scott's) Kentucky Volunteers.[5] Before 1843, Alfred built the palatial Sandford House beside Russell Street in Covington that is extant as of 2015.[6] He died 2 February 1863 at Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri. By his wife Susan Lewis Martin (1798–1832), he had at least six daughters and two sons.
  • Alexander Pope Sandford (21 September 1794 in Covington, Campbell County, Kentucky – 13 October 1847 in Covington) married Lucy Mary Berry (20 February 1807 – 1856); they had three daughters then four sons.

Following the death of his first wife, Thomas Sanford married Margaret Bell (1771–1845). Their son Cassius Bell Sanford (17 June 1808 in Covington - FEB 1871 in Covington) married Francis Susan Leathers (1815 - 27 May 1879). Their sons were Thomas C. Sandford (1836–1864) and John Leathers Sandford (1837–1895), the banker and former CSA colonel[7] who was shot to death by a political rival, William Goebel.


  1. ^ [1] "Youell Sanford in the Westmoreland County, Virginia Wills, 1654-1800 (probated on 27 Nov 1770)", paid subscription site, accessed 10 March 2017.
  2. ^ Judy L. Neff (2006). Ludlow. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 7–. ISBN 978-0-7385-4333-8.
  3. ^ Nancy Capace (1 January 1999). Encyclopedia of Kentucky. Somerset Publishers, Inc. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-0-403-09740-1.
  4. ^ Henry Clay (5 February 2015). The Papers of Henry Clay: The Rising Statesman, 1797-1814. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 391–. ISBN 978-0-8131-5668-2.
  5. ^ Kentucky Soldiers of the War of 1812
  6. ^ The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, edited by Paul A. Tenkotte, et al., pp. 947-948, accessed 10 March 2017.
  7. ^ List of Staff Officers of the Confederate States Army 1861–1865, page 144.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Richard M. Johnson