Philetus Sawyer (1816 - 1900)

‹ Back to Sawyer surname

Is your surname Sawyer?

Research the Sawyer family

Philetus Sawyer, US Senate & Congress's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Share

Birthplace: Whiting, Addison, VT, USA
Death: Died in Oshkosh, Winnebago, WI, USA
Managed by: Kris Stewart
Last Updated:
view all

Immediate Family

About Philetus Sawyer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philetus_Sawyer

Philetus Sawyer (September 22, 1816 – March 29, 1900) was an American politician of the Republican Party who represented Wisconsin in both houses of Congress. Sawyer County, Wisconsin, is named for him.

Philetus Sawyer was born in 1816 in Whiting, Vermont, and moved to Crown Point, New York, as an infant in 1817. He moved to Wisconsin in 1847 and worked in the lumber industry. Sawyer's early political career included serving in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1857 and 1861, and as mayor of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from 1863 to 1864. He ran for and was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1864 and served for ten years from 1865 until 1875; he did not run for reelection in 1874. Sawyer returned to Congress in 1881 as a U.S. Senator. He served two terms from 1881 to 1893 and did not seek a third. However, he became notorious for a charge made against him by Congressman Robert La Follete that he had attempted to bribe La Follete. Sawyer died in 1900 in Oshkosh at age 83. He was interred at a family mausoleum at Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh.

view all

Philetus Sawyer, US Senate & Congress's Timeline

1816
September 22, 1816
Whiting, Addison, VT, USA
1900
March 29, 1900
Age 83
Oshkosh, Winnebago, WI, USA
????