Terry Sanford

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Person.png Terry Sanford   SpartacusRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornJames Terry Sanford
August 20, 1917
Laurinburg, North Carolina
DiedApril 18, 1998 (Age 80)
Durham, North Carolina
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SpouseMargaret Rose Knight
North Carolina Democratic Governor and later Senator from the same state.

Employment.png United States Senator from North Carolina

In office
November 5, 1986 - January 3, 1993

Employment.png Governor of North Carolina

In office
January 5, 1961 - January 8, 1965

James Terry Sanford was an American politician. He was the 65th governor of the state of North Carolina. He also represented that state in the US Senate.

Early years and political rise

Terry Sanford attended Laurinburg High School, Presbyterian Junior College, and the University of North Carolina. He graduated from there in 1939[1]. He then worked for the FBI for two years before enlisting in the US Army and serving in World War II in Italy, France and Germany. After the war he returned to the University of North Carolina to study law. Since 1949 he became politically active. That year he became chairman of the youth wing of the Democratic Party (Young Democratic Club). He also served in the National Guard from 1948 to 1960. He served in the North Carolina State Senate from 1953 to 1955.

Governor of North Carolina

Sanford won the 1960 gubernatorial election as a Democratic nominee. He held that office from January 5, 1961 to January 8, 1965. One focus of his politics was education. Several reforms were carried out in this area and the budget for the school system was almost doubled. He campaigned for the inclusion of the races in schools (desegregation). He was also a close ally of the Kennedy brothers. His association with Robert F. Kennedy made him unpopular in North Carolina because of their opposition to the US Attorney General 's civil rights policy. A tax hike to fund his school reforms made him even less popular.

US Senator

According to Evelyn Lincoln, President John F. Kennedy 's secretary, the latter had planned in 1964 to make Sanford his nominee for the vice presidency[2] and no longer consider Lyndon B. Johnson, the previous vice president. Due to Kennedy's death, however, nothing more is known about this. Sanford resumed his practice as an attorney after the end of his term as governor. In 1969 he became President of Duke University. He held this position until 1985.

In 1972 and 1976 he toyed with the idea of ​​running for the presidency; but he always withdrew very quickly from the primaries, since he had practically no chance of asserting himself within the party. From November 4, 1986 to January 3, 1993, he represented North Carolina in the United States Senate, after winning the by-election for the seat of the late John Porter East against his appointed successor Jim Broyhill. He ran for re-election in 1992, but lost to Lauch Faircloth, who had recently defected from the Democrats to the Republicans. Between 1992 and 1993 he was chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Ethics.

Sanford died in April 1998. He was married to Margaret Rose Knight and the couple had two children.

In honor of Terry Sanford, Duke University renamed Sanford's 1971 Institute for Policy Sciences and Public Affairs the Sanford School of Public Policy in 1994.[3]


  1. https://archive.org/details/terrysanfordpoli00covi page 43-44
  2. Stout, David (April 18, 1998). "Terry Sanford, Pace-Setting Governor in 60's, Dies at 80". The New York Times. Retrieved June 17, 2008.
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20130403/http://www.sanford.duke.edu/about/school.php