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Terry Sanford

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Terry Sanford, lawyer, educator, former United States Senator, former governor, former university president. Bar: North Carolina 1946, District of Columbia 1979.


SANFORD, Terry was born on August 20, 1917 in Laurinburg, North Carolina, United States. Son of the late Cecil L. Sanford and of Elizabeth Martin Sanford.


Bachelor of Arts North Carolina, 1939. Juris Doctor, University North Carolina, 1946. 30 honorary degrees from colleges universities.


Assistant director Institute Government, University North Carolina, 1940-1941, 46-48. Special agent Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1941-1942. Private practice Fayetteville, 1948-1960.

Partner Sanford, Adams, McCullough & Beard, Raleigh, North Carolina and Washington, 1965-1986. Governor State of North Carolina, 1961-1965. President Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1969-1985.

Member United States Senate 99th-102d Congresses from North Carolina, 1986-1993. Partner The Sanford-Holhouser Law Firm, Professional Limited Liability Company, Raleigh, from 1993. Public governor American Stock Exchange, 1977-1983.

Director Study of America States, Duke University, 1965-1968. Member Carnegie Commission Educational television, 1964-1967. President Urban American, Inc., 1968-1969.

Chairman ITT International Fellowship Committee, 1974-1986, American Council Young Political Leaders, 1976-1986. President United States Delaware Inter-Parliamentary Union, 1988-1990.


  • Bar: North Carolina 1946, District of Columbia 1979.


God created humans to be able to innovate and evaluate new forms of living that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals.


God calls for justice for those, who are oppressed by the powers of the day. Therefore Christians should be involved in political life.


The Bible can be puzzling but it is continually a source of inspiration and direction in lives of people.


Secretary-treasurer North Carolina Port Authority, 1950-1953. Member North Carolina Senate, 1953-1954. President North Carolina Young Democratic Clubs, 1949-1950.

Delegate National Democratic Convention, 1956, 60, 64, 68, 72, 84, 88, 92. Chairman National Democratic Charter Commission, 1972-1974. Member governing board National Committee for Citizens in Education, American Art Alliance.

Trustee American Council Learned Societies, 1970-1973, National Humanities Center, 1978-1986, Methodist College, 1958-1994, chairman, 1958-1968, Howard University, 1968-1986. Chairman North Carolina Museum Art, since 1993. Board directors Children's television Workshop, 1967-1971, Council on Foundations, 1971-1976, North Carolina Outward Bound, 1981-1988.

Chairman board trustees University North Carolina, 1961-1965. Chairman Southern Regional Education Board, 1961-1963, Station ACSN (The Learning Channel), 1980-1986, Association American Universities, 1980-1981, National Civic League, 1985-1986. Served to 1st lieutenant Army of the United States, 1942-1946.

Member American Bar Association, American Academy Political and Social Science, Council Foreign Relations, American Judicature Society, National Academy Public Administration, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Margaret Rose Knight, July 4, 1942. Children: Elizabeth Knight, Terry.

Cecil Sanford

Elizabeth (Martin) Sanford

Margaret Rose Knight

Elizabeth Knight Sanford

Terry Sanford