John G. Sawyer
John Gilbert Sawyer, Congressman from New York
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from 's 30th district
March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1891
|Preceded by||Robert S. Stevens|
|Succeeded by||James Wolcott Wadsworth|
|Born||June 5, 1825|
Brandon, Vermont, U.S.
|Died||September 5, 1898 (aged 73)|
Albion, New York
|Spouse(s)||Eliza A. Shaw|
Born in Brandon, Vermont on June 5, 1825, Sawyer was the eldest of seven children born to John F. and Mary J. Sawyer. His father relocated the family to Knowlesville, New York in 1831 where Sawyer attended the common schools at Shelby, New York and the Millville Academy (New York). In order to pursue a collegiate education, he relocated to Kentucky and later to Arkansas, where he taught in local one-room schoolhouses to earn enough money for his studies. In 1846, Sawyer returned to Knowlesville and relocated to Albion, New York the following year. There he studied law with Curtis & Stone before finishing with Benjamin L. Bessac. Before completing his law studies, Sawyer was elected to the position of superintendent of public schools for Orleans County, New York in 1848.
In 1851 Sawyer was elected as a justice of the peace and served in that position for nearly 5 years. In 1855, he formed a partnership with Sanford E. Church. In 1862 he was elected as Orleans County District Attorney and in 1863 as county judge. As a strong supporter of education, Sawyer was appointed in 1876 to the original Board of Education for the Albion Union Free School.
John G. Sawyer was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1884, serving three consecutive terms to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891). A staunch Republican, he originally aligned with the Whigs and assisted in organizing the Republican party in Orleans County.
Death and legacy
- Signor, Isaac S. (1894). Landmarks of Orleans County, New York. Syracuse, New York: D. Mason & Company. p. 123.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
Robert S. Stevens
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 31st congressional district
James Wolcott Wadsworth