The Margaret Sanger Papers


Sanger, Grant (1908-1989)
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Physician. Son of Margaret and William Sanger. Married Margery Edwina Campbell (1939), six children. The second child of Margaret Sanger, Grant was born in Hastings-on-Hudson. Left in the care of his father and aunt, Nan Higgins, while his mother was in exile in London in 1914-15, Grant was enrolled in a country day school in New York. He and his younger sister, Peggy, later joined their older brother Stuart at the Ferrer School in New York, which in 1915 was moved to Stelton, NJ. After the death of Peggy Sanger from pneumonia, Margaret Sanger pulled Grant out of Stelton and he joined his brother Stuart at Winnwood, a school dedicated to the principles of Christian Science in Ronkonkoma, Long Island. During the winter of 1917-1918 he spent three months with his mother in Coronado, California as she worked on a book; in 1919 he entered the Peddie Institute, a preparatory school in New Jersey. Grant accompanied Margaret Sanger on her trip to Asia and the middle East in 1922 and then attended the Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1931 and entered medical school at Cornell University. He joined his mother for a tour of hospitals and clinics in the Soviet Union before entering his senior year in 1934. Sanger took his residency in surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and practiced in New York until he enlisted in the Navy in 1941; he was shipped to the South Pacific in 1943. When he returned from his military service in 1946 he joined the Mount Kisco Medical Group. A professor of clinical surgery, Grant Sanger was on the staff of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital from 1955 until his retirement in 1977. He also served as a physician in the Fertility Services division of the Margaret Sanger Research Bureau from 1948-1949 and as Associate Medical Director of the Margaret Sanger Research Bureau.
    Copyright holder: Edwina Sanger, Croton Lake Road, RFD #1, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 (6/96)
References: Ellen Chesler, Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America (1992); Lawrence Lader, The Margaret Sanger Story (1955); Margaret Sanger, An Autobiography (1938).