Updated: Nov 4, 2020
Lawyer, writer and publisher of livestock books and magazines as well as vice president and president of the International Live Stock Exposition.
1860-1948 | Artist: Arvid Frederick Nyholm (1866-1927)
Impact & Accomplishments
Sanders was arguably the most prominent name in livestock publishing when Chicago was taking its place as the capitol of the livestock industry. These two portraits, of father and son, are artistically significant because one was painted by the first Saddle & Sirloin artist, James R. Stuart, and the other was painted by the second official artist, Arvid Nyholm. Virtually all of the works by these artists were lost in the 1934 fire, but these two paintings presumably were not in the Club during the fire. Since Alvin Sanders was one of the founders of the Saddle & Sirloin Club portrait collection, it is fitting that the portraits of him and his father hold this special distinction.
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. This latter book documents the establishment of the Saddle & Sirloin Club and portrait gallery by Arthur Leonard, Robert Ogilvie, and Sanders. Alvin Sanders was also vice president and president of the International Live Stock Exposition.
Did You Know?
In 1881, James Sanders and his son Alvin founded the weekly Breeder’s Gazette, financed by agricultural implement manufacturer Jerome I. Case.