Reluctant ReformerAuthor Talk with Ann Sandford
Saturday, January 27 at 11:00 am

Ann Sandford will bring to life the untold story of her distant cousin, Nathan Sanford, who is revealed in her latest book, Reluctant Reformer, as an ambitious, pragmatic lawyer and politician who contributed to the expansion of democratic rights and responsive government in post-revolutionary America.

As a lawyer, Sanford contributed to modern property law. In the Senate, he dealt with central banking, struggled against slavery, and supportedpopular voting for presidential electors. At the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1821, he fought for universal manhood suffrage. Rising quickly to prominence as the federal attorney appointed by President Jefferson to serve New York State, Sanford navigated a career among Republican factional leaders—DeWitt Clinton, Aaron Burr, and Martin Van Buren—first in New York City, then in the state, and then the nation. In 1824, he ran for vice president on the ticket with Henry Clay. Facing decisions about whom to trust with a militia’s gun and a citizen’s vote, Sanford could shift from his principles toward political compromise, as in restricting black male suffrage and in the removal of Indians from their ancestral lands.

Period snacks and refreshments will be served.

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