Sir James Patrick Sands was born 1859 in Nassau. He spent the better part, of his first twenty years, in Haiti. Sir James came back to Nassau in 1882 to start his grocery and lumber business.
James entered the House of Assembly in 1889. Father to seven sons and one daughter. Died at 65 years old in 1925 after attending the wedding of his second son, Albert Kellogg Sands. As fate would have it, the notice for Sir James’s death appeared alongside the notice for his son Albert’s wedding.
Sir James resigned, as President of the Legislative Council, due to ill health.
Mr. Stafford Sands (1888 – 1965), third son of Sir James Patrick Sands was a banker and businessman who created City Market foodstore chain
Sir Stafford Lofthouse Sands, (23 September 1913 – 25 January 1972) only child of Mr. Stafford Sands and grandson of Sir James Patrick Sands
Stafford Lofthouse Sands is considered the Father of the modern Bahamian economy. It was under Sir Stafford’s political administration, that the modern tourism economy of The Bahamas, was created.