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Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Sanford Est. 1877

City of Sanford's Namesake

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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 16, 2021
1. Sanford Est. 1877 Marker
Inscription.  Henry Shelton Sanford was born in Woodbury, Connecticut in 1823. Henry was eighteen when his father died and left him a considerable inheritance. Henry used his wealth to fund a series of journeys abroad. His travels eventually led him to a career in the diplomatic service.

In 1861 President Lincoln appointed Henry Sanford as the U.S. representative to Belgium. From Belgium, Sanford supervised the U.S. secret service in Europe during the Civil War. He thwarted efforts by the Confederacy to purchase supplies in England and France. In 1862 he was granted a commission as Major General in the Minnesota Militia after presenting a battery of cannons to the state.

In 1864 Henry Sanford married Gertrude Dupuy of Philadelphia. They raised eight children during their lifetime. In 1869, Mr. and Mrs. Sanford traveled to Florida on vacation. General Sanford found that land was cheap and the potential of the state was great. He purchased the "Belair" citrus grove just outside the City of Sanford's original city limits.

In the 1880s Henry Sanford became involved with the creation of the Belgian Congo through his connection to King
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Leopold II of Belgium. He invested in the Sanford Exploring Expedition hoping to make a fortune from the ivory and rubber trade. He purchased a riverboat, named it "Florida" and shipped it to Africa. The expedition was one of a series of financial failures toward the end of Henry Sanford's life.

The Sanford family maintained residences in Brussels, Belgium, and Derby, Connecticut, and usually visited Florida only in the winter. In May of 1891 Henry Sanford died of kidney disease in Virginia.

Caption: Photograph of Henry Shelton Sanford by Matthew Brady - Courtesy of Library of Congress

Pathways to History is a series of self-guided tours focused on the history of Sanford's development and its neighborhoods. Scan the QR code with your smartphone or visit to learn more about Sanford's rich history.
Erected by City of Sanford.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1823.
Location. 28° 48.859′ N, 81° 15.998′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on East Seminole Boulevard east of North Hood Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Marker is on the Sanford Riverwalk along Lake Monroe.
Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891) image. Click for full size.
Matthew Brady / Public Domain
3. Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891)
Photo taken between 1860 and 1880. Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Steamboats (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Sanford Est. 1877 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial Park (about 500 feet away); American Revolution (about 500 feet away); War of 1812 (about 500 feet away); Seminole County World War Monument (about 500 feet away); World War I (about 500 feet away); Second Seminole War (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
Also see . . .  Henry Shelton Sanford (Wikipedia). (Submitted on May 24, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 24, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Jun. 15, 2021