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William Sawyer (representative)

William Sawyer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1849
Preceded by Emery D. Potter
Succeeded by Emery D. Potter
Personal details
Born (1803-08-05)August 5, 1803
Montgomery County, Ohio
Died September 18, 1877(1877-09-18) (aged 74)
St. Marys, Ohio
Resting place Elm Grove Cemetery
Political party Democratic

William Sawyer (1803 – 1877) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio in 1845-1849.

Sawyer was born in Montgomery County, Ohio. In 1818 he began to learn the trade of blacksmithing. He worked at this occupation in both Dayton, Ohio, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1829 he settled in Miamisburg, Ohio. From 1832-1835 Sawyer served in the Ohio House of Representatives, filling the position of speaker in 1835. In 1838 and 1840 he ran unsuccessfully for congress.

In 1843 Sawyer moved to St. Marys, Ohio. He was elected to United States Congress as a Democrat in 1844. He was reelected in 1846 but did not run for re-election in 1848.

In 1850-1851 Sawyer served as a member of the Ohio State Constitutional Convention. He served another term in the State House in 1856. He also served as mayor of St. Marys and a Federal land agent in Minnesota.


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