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SAWYER, FREDERICK A. (?–?). Frederick A. Sawyer, lawyer and government official, a native of North Carolina, practiced law in New Orleans before he sailed to Texas on the Ocean as aide to Thomas Jefferson Green in the spring of 1836. From August 8 to September 13 Sawyer was David G. Burnet's secretary of war in the ad interim government. He lived at Velasco. In 1838–39 he represented Brazoria County in the House of the Third Texas Congress. He probably went to California during the gold rush of 1849; on September 20, 1853, he was made Texas commissioner of deeds in California and was living in San Francisco on May 17, 1857, when his commission was renewed.


Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"SAWYER, FREDERICK A.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed September 02, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.