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Meet John G. Sawyer, the last person from Orleans to serve in Congress

Posted 23 January 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin, Orleans County Historian

ALBION – This portrait is of John G. Sawyer, 1825-1898. He was the last person from Orleans County to be elected to Congress.

Sawyer was first elected Orleans County district attorney in 1862 and then county judge in 1863. In 1884, he was elected to Congress on the Republican ticket and served three consecutive terms ending in 1891.

He and his wife Eliza lived in a large house on South Main Street in Albion. This house was torn down in the early 1960s for the A & P store that is now the Sheret Post for the American Legion.