Sawyer, Lemuel, Jr.
- Max R. Williams
Sawyer, Lemuel, Jr. (1777–09 January 1852), congressman and author, was born in Camden County, North Carolina, the son of Lemuel Sawyer, Sr., a planter and merchant, and Mary Taylor. His father was prominent in local and state affairs, serving as sheriff and representing his county in both the provincial congress and the general assembly. After attending the local schools, young Sawyer studied at the Flatbush Academy on Long Island from 1793 to 1796. He spent a portion of 1796 in Philadelphia as a visitor in the home of his brother-in-law Congressman Dempsey Burgess. There he dabbled in the study of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania and acquired a lifelong habit of extravagant living....