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Joseph Brown Sanborn, American soldier. Decorated Distinguished Service Cross, “for extraordinary heroism” near Gressaire, France, August 9, 1918; Distinguished Service Medal; British D.S.O.; Officer Legion of Honor, France, and Croix de Guerre with palm; Officer Belgian Order of Leopold. Major general Illinois National Guard, June 23, 1920; retired, June 20, 1921; Lieutenant general retired, April 6, 1931.

Background

Sanborn, Joseph Brown was born on December 8, 1855 in Chester, New Hampshire, United States. Son of Josiah and Rachael Sanborn.

Education

Educational public schools.

Career

Moved to Chicago, 1877. President J. B. Sanborn Company, merc. agency, 1886-1925. Member State Tax Commission, 1919-1921.

Identified with Illinois National Guard from 1879. Major 1st Illinois Infantry, Spanish-American War, 1898, serving in Santiago Campaign. Colonel same regiment, 1899, and continued as colonel same regiment (later 131st United States Infantry).

Arrived in France with regiment, May 30, 1918. Participated in Somme and Argonne-Meuse offensives, beginning August 8, 1918, and closing November 11, 1918, comprising in all 25 engagements.

Membership

Member State Tax Commission, 1919-1921. Identified with Illinois National Guard from 1879. Member Society of Santiago, American Legion.

Connections

Married Julie F. Flanders (died 1922).; married second, Willa Alice Weck, September 4, 1924. Children: Mistress.

father:
Josiah Sanborn

mother:
Rachael Sanborn

spouses:
Julie F. Flanders

Willa Alice Weck

child:
Mrs Sanborn