James Harvey Sanders

James Harvey Sanders

Union County, Ohio, USA
Death 22 Dec 1899 (aged 67)
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 140946511 · View Source
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James Harvey Saunders, founder of the Breeders' Gazette

Sanders was arguably the most prominent name in livestock publishing when Chicago was taking its place as the capitol of the livestock industry.

James Harvey Sanders was born in Union County, Ohio, and moved to Iowa in 1852. In 1860, he became secretary of the state senate in Des Moines, and in 1868, established a stock farm of Shorthorn cattle, hogs, and most especially, horses.

Recognizing a need, Sanders founded the first livestock-only journal in America, the monthly Western Stock Journal, in 1869. In 1874, he moved to Chicago and merged it with the National Livestock Journal, with Sanders as managing editor.

James Sanders was involved in the first Percheron breed registries, was president of the Chicago Fair Association and the Chicago Jockey and Trotting Club, and was secretary of the American Trotting and Pacing Horse Breeders’ Association.

Sanders wrote Horse Breeding and Breeds of Livestock in the 1880s. He served on the U. S. Treasury Cattle Commission and investigated the potential for American imports to Europe for the United States Department of Agriculture.

In 1881, James Sanders and his son Alvin founded the weekly Breeder’s Gazette, financed by agricultural implement manufacturer Jerome I. Case. Alvin Howard Sanders had just completed his law degree at Northwestern University when the magazine was established; and he took over as editor and publisher in 1883. He served on the American delegation to the Paris Exposition and on the U. S. Tariff Board, but Sanders is best known for his written works, which include published histories of the Shorthorn, Hereford, and Percheron breeds, and the book, At the Sign of the Stock Yard Inn.

Chicago Daily Tribune, 12/23/1899, p. 5.

J. H. Sanders Kills Himself

Former Chicago Man, Editor of the Live Stock Paper, Commits Suicide at Memphis, Tenn.

Memphis, Tenn, Dece. 22 - [Special] - J. H. Sanders, formerly of Chicago committed suicide here last night at his room in the Peabody Hotel by shooting himself... The body was found at noon. On the table in the room was a note written in pencil, which read:

"Telegraph Sanders, 358 Dearborn street, Chicago. Good-by."

Mr. Sanders came here five days ago. He stated the purpose of his visit was to locate the grave of his brother, who had been killed in the civil war and was supposed to have been buried in the National Cemetery here. He spent most of his time visiting the cemetery, and yesterday found the grave. [It was actually his brother-in-law, Archibald Steele Irwin, husband of his then deceased sister, Martha Ellen, who was killed in battle in 1864 and buried in the Memphis National Cemetery.]

The matter seemed to touch him deeply, and when he returned to the hotel last evening he was visibly affected. The pistol used was a .22 and of a cheap type. The smallness of the weapon may account for the fact that no report was heard.

... For several years he had been in ill-health, and on the death of his wife a few months ago his mind partly failed. He went south on the advice of his physician a few weeks ago. Besides the son, Alvin H., he leave two other sons, H. P. Sanders and R. H. Sanders of Chicago, and a daughter, Mrs. John Homan [Hohmann] of Oak Park. He was 68 years old.


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