1836–1898

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Born: June 21, 1836, Eden, New York.

Died: June 12, 1898, Rich­mond, Il­l­inois.

Buried: Ce­dar­vale Ce­me­te­ry, So­lon Mills, Il­li­nois.

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Biography

Sanford was the son of Ro­bert Ben­nett and Sal­ly K. Kent, and hus­band of Ger­trude Cro­sby Jo­hon­nott.

His po­et­ry be­gan ap­pear­ing in the Wau­ke­gan, Il­li­nois, Ga­zette in the ear­ly 1850’s, and he at­tend­ed the Wau­ke­gan Aca­de­my and Un­i­ver­si­ty of Mi­chi­gan.

He served as su­pe­ri­nten­dent of schools in Rich­mond, Il­li­nois, for two years, then in 1860 moved to Elk­horn, Wis­con­sin, and be­came as­so­ci­ate ed­it­or of the Elk­horn In­de­pen­dent.

In the Am­er­i­can civil war, Ben­nett served in the 40th Wis­con­sin Vol­un­teers.

Upon re­turn to Elk­horn, he ran a drug­store and stu­died med­i­cine. Grad­u­at­ing from Rush Med­i­cal Col­lege in 1874, he worked as a doc­tor for ov­er two de­cades.

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