Member Biography

John Sawyer 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1818-1819       6 Democrat
1819-1820       6 Democrat
1820-1821       6 Democrat
1821-1822       6 Democrat

COUNTIES: Lebanon, Dauphin  


09/20/1772 - 05/05/1837

John Sawyer, Jr. (D6) Dauphin and Lebanon Counties 1818-1822

Early Life:

John Sawyer, Jr., born September 20, 1772, Derry Township, Dauphin County, Province of Pennsylvania, British Colonial America; son of John Sawyer, Sr. and Jean “Jane” Allen Sawyer; rural education; engaged farming; married, Mary Bell Sawyer, 1809, children, John Sawyer, Mary Bell Sawyer Elson, Benjamin Sawyer, William Sawyer, Eleanor Sawyer Barnes; elected, Commissioner, Dauphin County, 1810; unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1810; private, War of 1812; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1815-1817; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1818-1822; died, May 5, 1837 (aged 64 years, 7 months, 15 days), Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Old Hanover Presbyterian Churchyard, Grantville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Commissioner, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania 1810.

Unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Dauphin County, 1810.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1815-1817. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 6th district, Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, 1818-1822.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

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Inscription: SACRED to the Memory of JOHN SAWYER, who departed this life May 5th, 1837, aged 64 years, 7 months and 15 days.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members S"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Historical Sketch of Old Hanover Reverend Thomas H. Robinson, D.D., Dauphin County Historical Society, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1878, page 26 and 41. 

Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, J. M. Runk and Company, 1896, page 138. 

The Papers and Addresses of the Lebanon County Historical, Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania, Lebanon County Historical, Volume 2, 1904, page 364.

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John Sawyer Jr. (1772-1837) - Find a Grave Memorial