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John C. Sanborn

John C. Sanborn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1951
Preceded by Henry Dworshak
Succeeded by Hamer H. Budge
Personal details
Born John Carfield Sanborn
October 25, 1885
Chenoa, Illinois
Died May 16, 1968(1968-05-16) (aged 82)
Boise, Idaho
Resting place Hagerman Cemetery
Hagerman, Idaho
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jessie Margaret McNabb Sanborn (1887–1955)
(m. 1912–1955, her death)
Parents Orville D. Sanborn
Frances (Carfield) Sanborn
Residence Hagerman
Alma mater Oberlin College, 1908
Columbia Law School, 1912
Profession Agriculture
Religion Methodist

John Carfield Sanborn (October 25, 1885 – May 16, 1968), Idaho) was a congressman from southern Idaho. Sanborn served as a Republican in the House for two terms, from 1947 to 1951.

Born in Chenoa, Illinois, Sanborn was the son of Orville D. Sanborn and Frances (Carfield) Sanborn. He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1908 and the Columbia Law School in New York City in 1912.

Sanborn moved west and engaged in agricultural pursuits in Hagerman, Idaho. He was a trustee of the local school district and served in both houses of the state legislature: house (1921–1929) and senate (1939–1941). Following World War II, he ran for Congress and was elected to the open seat in the state's 2nd district in 1946 and re-elected in 1948. He was a candidate for United States Senate in 1950 and 1956 but was defeated both times in the Republican primary by Herman Welker. He also entered the 1954 gubernatorial primary,[1] won by Robert Smylie. At age 76, he ran for the 2nd district seat again in 1962,[2] but lost a runoff in the GOP primary to Orval Hansen.[3][4]

A Methodist, Sanborn was the last non-Mormon to represent Idaho's 2nd district in Congress. The successor to his open seat, Republican Hamer H. Budge, was the first Mormon to represent Idaho in either house of Congress. For 33 consecutive elections, 1950 through 2014, the 2nd district winner has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

U.S. House elections (Idaho's 2nd district): Results 1946–1948
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1946 Pete Leguiniche 41,231 39.3% John Sanborn 63,692 60.7%
1948 Asael Lyman 59,006 48.5% John Sanborn (inc.) 61,690 50.7% C.W. "Babe" Dill Progressive 954 0.8%

Sanborn died in Boise in 1968 at age 82 and was buried in Hagerman.


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

  1. ^ "John Sanborn". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (advertisement). July 28, 1954. p. 1-sec.2. 
  2. ^ "Hansen-Sanborn runoff set Tuesday". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. June 25, 1962. p. 4. 
  3. ^ "Orval Hansen defeats Sanborn in Second District runoff". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. June 27, 1962. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Hansen snares congressional runoff in Idaho". Deseret News. UPI. June 27, 1962. p. A5. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry Dworshak
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 1947–January 3, 1951
Succeeded by
Hamer H. Budge
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