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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesSouth Carolina

Frederick Adolphus SAWYER

(1822-1891)
Senate Years of Service:
1868-1873
Party:
Republican

SAWYER, Frederick Adolphus, a Senator from South Carolina; born in Bolton, Worcester County, Mass., December 12, 1822; attended the public schools; graduated from Harvard University in 1844; taught school in New England 1844-1859; took charge of the State normal school at Charleston, S.C., in 1859; returned to the North during the Civil War; returned to Charleston in February 1865 and was active in advancing reconstruction measures; appointed collector of internal revenue in the second South Carolina district 1865; upon the readmission of the State of South Carolina to representation was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from July 16, 1868, to March 3, 1873; chairman, Committee on Education (Forty-first Congress), Committee on Education and Labor (Forty-second Congress); Assistant Secretary of the Treasury 1873-1874; employed in the United States Coast Survey 1874-1880; special agent of the War Department 1880-1887; conducted a preparatory school in Ithaca, N.Y., and gave private instruction to students in Cornell University; moved to Tennessee and became president of a company at Cumberland Gap to promote the sale of agricultural lands in that vicinity; died suddenly at Shawnee, Tenn., July 31, 1891; interment in ‘Sawyer Heights,’ on the property of his land company, near East Cumberland Gap.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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