William Sawyer (representative)

William Sawyer (* August 5, 1803 in Montgomery County, Ohio; † September 18, 1877 in St. Marys, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1845 and 1849 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1818, William Sawyer did an apprenticeship as a blacksmith. In this profession, he then worked in Dayton and then in the vicinity of Grand Rapids in Michigan. In 1829 he moved to Miamisburg. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. From 1832 to 1835, he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio, which he was president in 1835. In the years 1838 and 1840, he ran unsuccessfully for even the U.S. House of Representatives. Since 1843 he lived in St. Marys.

In the congressional elections of 1844 Sawyer was in the fifth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Emery D. Potter on March 4, 1845. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1849 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events of the Mexican-American War. In 1848 he gave up another candidacy.

In the years 1850 and 1851 Sawyer was a delegate to a constitutional convention of his state; In 1856 he was again in the House of Representatives from Ohio. Until 1861 he worked for Cadastral Agency Otter Trail District of the State of Minnesota. From 1870 to 1874 he was curator of the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, later the Ohio State University. Between 1870 and 1877 he was mayor and justice of the peace in St. Marys. There he is on September 18, 1877 and passed away.