Lemuel Sawyer

Lemuel Sawyer (* 1777 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina; † January 9, 1852 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1807 and 1829 he represented several times the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Lemuel Sawyer visited the Flatbush Academy on Long Iceland, New York. Then he studied until 1799 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is followed by a study at the University of Pennsylvania joined in Philadelphia. After studying law and his 1804 was admitted to the bar he began in Elizabeth City to work in this profession. At the same beat Sawyer as a member of the Democratic-Republican Party a political career one. In the years 1800 and 1801 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from North Carolina.

In the congressional elections of 1806 Sawyer was elected in the first district of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Thomas Wynn on March 4, 1807. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1813 three legislative periods. In this time of the beginning of the British -American war fell. In the elections of 1816 he was elected again in the first district in Congress, where he replaced William H. Murfree on March 4, 1817 which was in 1813 became his successor. Until March 3, 1823, he was able to spend three further terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1822 he was defeated Alfred Moore Gatlin.

In the 1820s, Sawyer joined the movement to the later U.S. President Andrew Jackson. As their candidate, he was elected in 1824 and again in 1826 in the Congress. Between 4 March 1825 and 3 March 1829, he graduated from there as a successor of Gatlinburg his last two terms as deputy. These were characterized by the tensions between supporters and opponents of Andrew Jackson. In 1828, Sawyer lost to William Biddle Shepard.

After retiring from Congress Sawyer worked as a government employee in the federal capital, Washington, where he died on January 9, 1852. He was also known as a writer. His most famous work was published in 1824 comedy " Blackbeard ", which revolves around the eponymous pirates.