COL. WILLIAM CARY SANGER
Col. William Cary Sanger, of Sangerfield, Oneida county, descends from Richard Sanger, who came to Hingham, Mass., about 1636. His great-great-grandfather was Capt. Richard Sanger, a member of the Provincial Congress which convened at Cambridge on February 1, 1775. His great-grandfather, the Rev. Dr. Sanger, was a brother of Hon. Jedediah Sanger, the first settler of the town of New Hartford and first judge of Oneida county, whose portrait and biographical sketch appear in this volume. Dr. Sanger was graduated from Harvard College in 1771 and his portrait is in Memorial Hall of Harvard University. The Rev. Zedekiah Sanger, son of Dr. Sanger and grandfather of Col. William Cary, was gradated from Brown University and became one of the early settlers of New Hartford, N.Y., where his son Henry was born. Henry Sanger, when a young man, went to New York city and became a successful merchant. He held many positions of trust and responsibility. He married Mary E. Requa, a descendant of a Huguenot family who came from New Rochelle, France.
Col. William Cary Sanger, son of Henry and Mary E. (Requa) Sanger, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 21, 1853, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1874. He received the degree of M.A. from the same institution in 1875 and the degree of LL. B. from Columbia College in 1878. He studied law in the office of Evarts, Southmayd & Choate, and after practicing his profession for a few years made his home in Sangerfield (so named in honor of Col. Jedediah Sanger when the town was founded in 1795), where he has a large farm.
Colonel Sanger is prominent in military circles and has been a member of the National Guard of the State of New York for many years. He was at one time major of the 13th Regiment and is now assistant chief of artillery of the State with the rank of colonel. He has written several articles on military subjects, all of which had the true ring of high merit. He has also taken an active interest in politics. He represented the second assembly district of Oneida county in the State Legislature in 1895 and 1896, and in this capacity he won distinction as an able and conscientious advocate of the people’s rights. He is also vice-president of the New York State Agricultural Society and the representative of the society from his district. Colonel Sanger takes a deep interest in all public matters and liberally encourages every good movement. Public spirited, progressive, and energetic he is noted for his patriotism as well as for his activity in furthering the general welfare. As a writer he has won laurels of rare distinction; as a soldier he ranks among the best disciplinarians of the State; as a public officer his efforts have been characterized by faithfulness to duty; as a citizen he is loyal, enterprising, and highly esteemed.
Colonel Sanger was married on February 23, 1892, to Miss Mary Ethel Cleveland Dodge, daughter of Gen. Charles Cleveland Dodge, of New York city, granddaughter of Hon. W.E. Dodge, also of New York, and a descendant of John Haynes, the second colonial governor of Massachusetts and the first colonial governor of Connecticut. They have three children: William Carey, jr., Henry Lawrence, and Mary Ethel.