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This Day in Georgia History

August 24, 1871

Steadman V. Sanford Born

Famous Georgia educator Steadman V. Sanford was born in Covington, Georgia. After obtaining a B.A. from Mercer University in 1890, he served as a teacher, high school principal, and later superintendent of Marietta’s school system. In 1903, became an adjunct English professor at the University of Georgia. In 1912, he took a year of graduate work at the University of Berlin, followed by a summer at Oxford. In 1913, he returned to the University of Georgia as a full professor, and in 1914 was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university. In 1921, he founded the Henry Grady School of Journalism and served as its dean until 1927, when he became dean of the university. From 1932 to 1935, he served as president of the University of Georgia, and from 1935 until his death in 1945, he served as chancellor of the University System of Georgia. For all his accomplishments as an administrator, Sanford is perhaps best remembered in another way. As dean, he pushed for a larger football stadium for the University of Georgia, which appropriately was named for him upon completion in 1929. Enlarged to well over twice its original seating capacity, Georgia home football games are still played in Sanford Stadium.