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Samuel Tredwell SAWYER

(1800-1865)

SAWYER, Samuel Tredwell, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Edenton, Chowan County, N.C., in 1800; attended Edenton Academy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Edenton; member of the State house of representatives 1829-1832; served in the State senate in 1834; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1839); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Twenty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Twenty-sixth Congress; moved to Norfolk, Va., and resumed the practice of law; editor of the Norfolk Argus for several years; appointed collector of customs at Norfolk on May 16, 1853, and served until April 6, 1858; moved to Washington, D.C.; during the Civil War was appointed, September 17, 1861, commissary with the rank of major in the Confederate service and served until August 2, 1862; died in Bloomfield, Essex County, N.J., November 29, 1865.

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

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