Sanderson Dies In New York

May 22, 1909


John H. Sanderson is found dead in his apartment after suffering a heart attack, having been released from Dauphin country court on bail hours earlier.


John H. Sanderson, chief “trimmer” of the $13,000,000 state capitol at Harrisburg, Pa., died suddenly of Bright’s disease in New York, just after he had returned to his apartments at Sherry’s from a drive in Central Park. He left Sherry’s in a victoria for a drive through Central Park, but after he had been out a short time he told the driver to hurry back to Sherry’s, as he felt ill. He went at once to his apartments and told the maid to call a doctor. He then went into his bedroom. When the doctor arrived he found the contractor dead. Sanderson’s illness was aggravated by his conviction and sentence in the Dauphin country court, to which appeal had been taken, the chief capitol “trimmer” was released in $25,000 bail.
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