Viewing General John B. Sanborn (1826-1904).
John Benjamin Sanborn, a native of New Hampshire, moved to St. Paul, Minnesota Territory, in 1854 and began practicing law with Theodore French. He served in the Civil War with great distinction, attaining the rank of General. After the War he served several terms in the state legislature, was a member of many civic organizations including the Loyal Legion, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Historical Society. He also continued to practice law, first with Charles King, later with his nephew, Walter Henry Sanborn, under the firm name "John B and W. H. Sanborn." Still later, Edward Payson Sanborn, Walter's younger brother, joined the firm, and he and the General continued to practice after Walter became a judge on the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1892.