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William SAWYER

(1803-1877)

SAWYER, William, a Representative from Ohio; born in Montgomery County, Ohio, August 5, 1803; apprenticed to a blacksmith in 1818 and worked in Dayton, Ohio, and near Grand Rapids, Mich.; moved to Miamisburg, Ohio, in 1829; member of the State house of representatives 1832-1835 and served as speaker in 1835; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses; moved to St. Marys, Ohio, in 1843; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1849); was not a candidate for renomination; delegate to the State constitutional convention 1850-1851; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1856; receiver of the land office of the Otter Trail district in Minnesota 1855-1861; trustee of Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College (later Ohio State University) 1870-1874; mayor and justice of the peace of St. Marys 1870-1877; died at St. Marys, Auglaize County, Ohio, September 18, 1877; interment in Elm Grove Cemetery.

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

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