June 3 – Happy Birthday John Sanford

220px-John_Sanford_(1803)June 3rd is a huge anniversary date in the history of the City of Amsterdam, NY. It marks the birth in 1803 of John Sanford. He is the patriarch of Amsterdam’s Sanford family and if he did not move from his birthplace of Roxbury, Connecticut to this place in 1821, many of us who were born in what would become known as the “Rug City” might not even be here.

Interestingly, this guy made the move not to start a factory but instead to become a teacher…

You can read the rest of my story about this legendary Amsterdam carpet maker in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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