Lemuel Sawyer

Lemuel Sawyer (1777 – January 9, 1852) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from North Carolina.

Lemuel Sawyer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1829
Preceded byAlfred Moore Gatlin
Succeeded byWilliam Biddle Shepard
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1823
Preceded byWilliam H. Murfree
Succeeded byAlfred Moore Gatlin
In office
March 4, 1807 – March 3, 1813
Preceded byThomas Wynns
Succeeded byWilliam H. Murfree
Personal details
Born1777
Camden County, North Carolina
DiedJanuary 9, 1852(1852-01-09) (aged 74–75)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sawyer was born in Camden County, near Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He attended Flatbush Academy, Long Island, New York, and was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1799. He attended the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia for a time. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1804 and commenced practice in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Sawyer was a member of the State House of Commons in 1800 and 1801. He was elected to the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Congresses (March 4, 1807 – March 3, 1813) as a Democratic-Republican, and the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth as a Jacksonian (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1823). He ran unsuccessfully in 1822 for the Eighteenth Congress. Sawyer was elected to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1829), but was not reelected in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress. He was department clerk in Washington, D.C., until his death in that city.

He was interred in the family burying ground at Lambs Ferry, Camden County, North Carolina, about 4 miles (6.4 km) from Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Lemuel Sawyer (id: S000089)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1807 – March 3, 1813
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1823
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1829
Succeeded by