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SAWYER, Frederick Adolphus, senator, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 12 December, 1822. After serving as clerk in a store and teaching for several winters he was graduated at Harvard in 1844, and continued to teach in various towns in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire till 18511, when he took charge of the normal school in Charleston, South Carolina. He passed through the lines to the National forces in 1864, and going to New England, made many speeches and in advocacy of the re-election of President Lincoln. In February, 1865, he went to Charleston again and took an active part in the reconstruction of South Carolina. He was appointed on 30 May, collector of internal revenue for the 2d district of South Carolina--the first civil appointment in the state after the war--was elected to the State constitutional convention, but was unable to take his seat, and afterward chosen to the United States senate for' the term that ended in 1873. In that body he served on the committees on private land-claims, education in the District of Columbia, pensions, and appropriations. Mr. Sawyer was one of the leaders J. Moses. On 19 March, 1873, he became assistant secretary of the treasury which office he held till June, I874. From that time till 1880 he was engaged in private business, being also connected with the coast survey for some time. Then he was a special agent of the war department till 1887, and since that time he has conducted a preparatory school in Ithaca, New York.
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