Member Biography

George Sanderson Sr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1851       17 Whig
1852       17 Whig
1853       17 Whig


02/25/1810 - 04/01/1886

George Sanderson, Sr. (D17) Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming Counties 1851-1853

Early Life:

George Sanderson, Sr., born February 25, 1810, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts; son of Jacob and Jerusha Gardner Sanderson; Boston Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts; engaged, merchandising, New York City, New York, moved to Geneva, New York; married, Marion Kingsbury Sanderson, children, Emily Eliza Sanderson, James Gardner Sanderson, Colonel George Sanderson, Anna K. Sanderson, Marian S. Sanderson Sturges; moved, Towanda, Pennsylvania; studied law; served, District Attorney, six years; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1851-1853; land developer, Scranton Pennsylvania, 1853-1855; engaged, banking and financial career, 1855-1873; died, April 1, 1886 (aged 76), Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; interment, Forest Hill Cemetery, Dunmore, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career: 

Befriended, Colonel George W. Scranton became one of the founders of Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Worked as a land developer who was responsible for transforming much of Green Ridge a largely unsettled area into a desirable suburb of Scranton, 1853-1855.

Engaged, banking and finance career, forming George Sanderson and Company, which merged with the Lackawanna Valley Savings Bank, finally evolving as the Lackawanna Trust and Safe Deposit Company, 1855-1873.

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Served, District Attorney, six years, resigned, to work in private business.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 17th district, Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming Counties, 1851-1853. 


Acquired, plot of land for the Forest Hills Cemetery, from the Pennsylvania Coal Company.

A Green Ridge community street bears his name, Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 18509

The Boston Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States; established, April 23, 1635, making it both the oldest public school in the British America and the oldest existing school in the United States.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members S"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

A Half Century in Scranton, Benjamin Henry Throop; Scranton, Pennsylvania: Press of the Scranton Republican, 1895. 

The Evening Leader Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania Friday, April 2, 1886, Page 1.

George Sanderson Sr. (1810-1886) - Find a Grave Memorial