Biography - J Sanborn

J. H. SANBORN, M. D., editor Farmer and Fruit Grower, Anna, Ill., whose portrait appears elsewhere, was born in Boston, Mass., May 21, 1834. His boyhood was passed in the Eastern States, in each of which he lived more or less time. After attending various institutions of learning, and teaching several years, he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts at the Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. Having an inclination for the profession of medicine, he studied two years with Dr. C. P. Gage, President of the New Hampshire State Medical Society, and a year with his brother. Dr. J. E. Sanborn, who was for several years Professor of Chemistry and Materia Medica in the Medical Department, at that time, of the Iowa State University at Keokuk; and, after attending courses of lectures at Harvard University Medical College, graduated in 1856 at the Medical Department of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. He then attended supplementary partial courses in the Philadelphia Medical Schools; returned to the New England States and practiced medicine about ten years. His health becoming poor, he went to Florida and remained there nearly four years as Land Commissioner of the Florida Railroad Company, buying and selling land, locating settlers, and, as opportunity offered, practicing his profession. During these years, he wrote a long series of letters for the Country Gentleman, and corresponded with other journals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. These letters were widely copied, and were the means of first drawing attention to Florida and causing that now immense annual pilgrimage of invalids and others to the land of the orange and magnolia. In July, 1869, Dr. Sanborn came with his family to Anna, and during the following three years was Principal of the city public schools. Since then he has mostly given his time to fruit-growing, occasionally teaching during the winter. Almost from the first issue he has been a contributor to the Farmer and Fruit Grower, published in Anna, and for several years has acted as editor of the horticultural department. In 1857, he married Miss Hannah M. Moody, and had one child, Winifred, born March 31, 1861.

Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 83.

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