Sanford, Terry, 1917-1998

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Birth 1917-08-20
Death 1998-04-18
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University president, politician.

From the description of Reminiscences of Terry Sanford : oral history, 1976. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122597486

Terry Sanford of Scotland, Cumberland, Wake, and Durham counties, N.C., was a politician, educator, administrator, lawyer, and soldier. He served as state senator, 1953-1954; governor of North Carolina, 1961-1965; president of Duke University, 1969-1985; and U.S. senator, 1986-1992.

From the description of Terry Sanford papers, 1946-1993. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 38228417

United States Senator from N.C., 1986-1992; Governor of North Carolina, 1961-1965; and President of Duke University, 1969-1985.

From the description of Terry Sanford papers, 1926-1996 and undated, (bulk 1986-1992). (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 34039964

Terry Sanford (1917-1998) served as North Carolina State Senator from 1953 to 1954 and as United States Senator from 1986 to 1992. In 1961 he was elected Governor of North Carolina and held the office through 1965. In December 1969 Sanford was elected President of Duke University. He assumed the office in April 1970 and held the position through June 1985. His involvement at Duke continued as President Emeritus, from 1985 to 1998, and as Professor of Public Policy, from 1992 to 1998.

From the description of Terry Sanford records and papers 1945-1998. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 55635810

Politician, educator, administrator, lawyer, soldier. Served as state (N.C.) senator, 1953-1954; governor of North Carolina, 1961-1965; president of Duke University, 1969-1985; and U.S. senator, 18=986-1992. Sanford died in April of 1998.

From the description of Campaign materials, 1986. (Pfeiffer University). WorldCat record id: 42383912

Governor and U.S. senator, of North Carolina; d. 1998.

From the description of Appointments notebook, 1961-1965. (North Carolina Division of Archives & Hist). WorldCat record id: 70955963

James Terry Sanford was born August 20, 1917 in Laurinburg, N.C., the son of Cecil L. and Elizabeth Martin Sanford. He received the A.B. degree (1939) and the JD degree (1946) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After serving in the military and FBI and while practicing law in Fayetteville, N.C., Sanford embarked on a political career. He served as North Carolina State Senator from 1953 to 1954 and as United States Senator from 1986 to 1992. In 1961 he was elected Governor of North Carolina and held the office through 1965.

In December 1969 Sanford was elected President of Duke University. He assumed the office in April 1970 and held the position through June 1985. His involvement at Duke continued as President Emeritus, from 1985 to 1998, and as Professor of Public Policy, from 1992 to 1998. Terry Sanford died on April 18, 1998 and is buried in the Crypt in the Chapel at Duke University.

Sanford married Margaret Rose Knight in 1942; they had two children, Elizabeth Knight and Terry, Jr.

From the guide to the Records and Papers of Terry Sanford, 1945-1998, (University Archives, Duke University)

Terry Sanford was born 20 August 1917 in Laurinburg, N. C., the second son of Cecil L. and Elizabeth Martin Sanford. He received the A.B. degree in 1939 and the J.D. degree in 1946 from the University of North Carolina. He served as an FBI agent, 1941-1942, with the United States Army in Europe during World War II, and as assistant director of the Institute of Government, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1946-1948. Sanford practiced as an attorney in Fayetteville, N.C., from 1948 until he was elected governor of North Carolina in 1960, serving as president of the Young Democratic Clubs of North Carolina, 1949-1950, and North Carolina state senator, 1953-1954. He practiced law again after leaving office in 1965, and, in 1969, became president of Duke University, a position he held until 1985. Sanford was United States senator from North Carolina, 1986-1992.

Sanford married Margaret Rose Knight in 1942; their two children are Elizabeth Knight and Terry Jr.

From the guide to the Terry Sanford Papers, 1946-1993, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

  • 1917: Born in Laurinburg, NC
  • 1939: A.B., University of North Carolina
  • 1940 - 1941 : Assistant Director, Institute of Government, University of North Carolina
  • 1942: Married Margaret Rose Knight
  • 1942 - 1945 : Parachute Infantry, US Army
  • 1946: J.D., University of North Carolina
  • 1946 - 1948 : Assistant Director, University of North Carolina Institute of Government
  • 1948 - 1960 : Private law practice in Fayetteville
  • 1949 - 1950 : President, North Carolina Young Democrats Club
  • 1950 - 1953 : Secretary-Treasurer, North Carolina Port Authority
  • 1953 - 1954 : North Carolina Senator
  • 1956: 1960: Delegate to National Democratic Convention
  • 1961 - 1963 : Chair, Southern Regional Educational Board
  • 1961 - 1965 : Governor of North Carolina
  • 1964: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
  • 1964 - 1967 : Member, Carnegie Commission on Educational TV
  • 1965 - : Partner, Sanford, Cannon, Adams, and McCullough
  • 1965 - 1968 : Director, Study of American States, Duke
  • 1966: Publication: But What About the People?
  • 1967: Publication: Storm Over the States
  • 1968: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
  • 1968 - 1969 : Co-chair, Citizens' Committee for Governmental Reorganization; Chairman of Board, National Council of Independent Colleges and Universities; President, Urban America, Inc.
  • 1969 - 1985 : President, Duke University
  • 1986 - 1992 : U.S. Senator

Sanford served on the following U. S. Senate committees: Select Committee on Ethics (Chair); Special Committee on Aging; Budget; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs including the Subcommittee on International Finance and Monetary Policy and Subcommittee on Securities; and Foreign Relations including Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (Chair), Subcommittee on African Affairs, and Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and Peace Corps Affairs.

From the guide to the Terry Sanford Papers, 1926-1996, (Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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