John C. Sanford is the owner and originator of the Fashion Knitting Mills of Cohoes. He established that industry after having been burned out of the dry goods business, which he had conducted there for some years. He was educated in the common schools of Passaic county, N. J. , where he was born in 1841. He acquired the blacksmith's trade and came here in 1870, engaging in the carriage-making industry for seven years. Later he entered the insurance and real estate business, then the paper box manufacture, operating box shops at Cohoes, Troy and Amsterdam. He was at one time president of the Adams Steamer Company, also a member of the Taxpayers' Committee. In 1884 Mr. Sandford declared allegiance to the Prohibition party, was boycotted by the Republicans, and being independent he advertised boycotted goods for sale. He was a member of the M. E. church about forty years, but withdrew from it after election in 1896, because the bishops voted a license ticket and for a man for president that leased property for a saloon.
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