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John Phillips Saylor (July 23, 1908 – October 28, 1973) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania serving from 1949 until his death from a heart attack in Houston, Texas in 1973.

John Saylor
John P. Saylor.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – October 28, 1973
Preceded byIrving Whalley
Succeeded byJohn Murtha
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byJames Van Zandt
Succeeded byThomas Morgan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 26th district
In office
September 13, 1949 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byRobert Coffey
Succeeded byThomas Morgan
Personal details
Born(1908-07-23)July 23, 1908
Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania
DiedOctober 28, 1973(1973-10-28) (aged 65)
Houston, Texas
Resting placeGrandview Cemetery
40°18′42″N 78°55′33″W / 40.31170°N 78.92580°W / 40.31170; -78.92580 (Grandview Cemetery)
Political partyRepublican
Alma materFranklin and Marshall College
Dickinson School of Law

Saylor was born in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1929, and Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1933. He was elected city solicitor of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1938 and served until 1940. He enlisted in the United States Navy on August 6, 1943 and served until January 1946.

Saylor was elected as a Republican to the 81st Congress, by special election, September 13, 1949, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert L. Coffey. He was reelected to the twelve succeeding Congresses and served until his death in Houston, Texas. During his time in Congress he became dedicated to a number of environmental causes, including the Wilderness Act of 1964,[1] the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Act, National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and in opposition to the Kinzua Dam Project.[2] He was dubbed "St. John" by environmental advocates for his dogged work on environmental issues.

In 1970 the Izaak Walton League of America bestowed its highest honor, the Founders' Award, to Saylor "for two decades of unprecedented leadership in the Congress of the United States for sound resource management, the preservation of natural scenic and cultural values, the maintenance of a quality environment, and the unalienable right of citizens to be involved in resources and environmental decisions." [3]

Saylor died of a heart attack at age 65, and is buried in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The John P. Saylor Trail in Gallitzin State Forest is named after him.[4]

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "John Phillips Saylor (id: S000102)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • John Phillips Saylor at Find a Grave
  • Voice of Wild and Scenic Rivers: John P. Saylor of Pennsylvania (full text here) [4]


  1. ^ [1] Green Republican: John Saylor and the Preservation of America's Wilderness
  2. ^ [2] Indiana University of Pennsylvania Saylor Special Collection
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2008-10-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Izaak Walton League of America Award
  4. ^ [3] John P. Saylor Trail
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Irving Whalley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Murtha
Preceded by
James Van Zandt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas Morgan
Preceded by
Robert Coffey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 26th congressional district