Sawyer, Isaac

Sawyer, Isaac a Baptist minister, was born in Hoosick, N.Y., Nov. 22, 1770. He was left an orphan at the age of fourteen, and two years after bound himself out to a man who soon after removed to Monkton, Vt., where there was little or no religious influence. He was converted in 1793, and became a Baptist, serving in the capacity of deacon until he began to preach. In 1797 the Church called upon him to "exercise his gift," but he delayed a long time, because of a sense of his own unfitness. On June 29, 1799, a council was called, and Mr. Sawyer was ordained. He filled the following churches: Monkton, Vt., 1799-1812; Fairfield, Vt., March, 181-213; Orwell, Vt., 1813-17; Brandon, Vt., 1818-25; Bethel, Vt., 1825-28; Westport, N.Y., 1828-34; Knowlesville, N.Y., 1834; and was for a short time at Stockton, N.Y., and Lewiston, N.Y. He died Sept. 30, 1847. He baptized during his ministry upwards of 1100 persons. He was the first president of the Vermont Baptist Convention, and a friend of education and temperance. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 6, 369.

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