John Gilbert SAWYER, Congress, NY (1825-1898)


SAWYER, John Gilbert, a Representative from New York; born in Brandon, Rutland County, Vt., June 5, 1825; attended the common schools and Millville (N.Y.) Academy; moved to Albion, N.Y., in 1845; superintendent of schools for Orleans County, N.Y., 1848-1851; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1850 and commenced practice in Albion, N.Y.; justice of the peace of Barre, Orleans County, N.Y., 1851-1862; prosecuting attorney of Orleans County 1862-1865; judge and surrogate of Orleans County 1867-1883; delegate to several Republican State conventions; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Fifty-first Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1890; resumed the practice of his profession in Albion, N.Y., and died there September 5, 1898; interment in Mount Albion Cemetery.

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