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Samuel Locke SAWYER

(1813-1890)

SAWYER, Samuel Locke, a Representative from Missouri; born in Mount Vernon, N.H., November 27, 1813; was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1833; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Amherst, N.H., in 1836; moved to Lexington, Mo., in 1838 and practiced; elected circuit attorney of the sixth judicial circuit of Missouri in 1848 and reelected in 1852; delegate to the Missouri constitutional convention in 1861; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1868; elected judge of the twenty-fourth judicial circuit and served from 1871 until February 15, 1876, when he resigned; elected as an Independent Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); did not seek renomination in 1880; practiced law and engaged in banking; died in Independence, Mo., March 29, 1890; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

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