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William Henry Sayen

William Henry Sayen, American newspaper columnist. Named Man of Year Middlesex-Somerset-Mercer, Central New Jersey, 1985.


  • Sayen, William Henry was born on July 28, 1921 in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. Son of William Henry and Edith May (Conyers) Sayen.

  • Education

    • AB, Princeton University, 1947.


    • Interview manager Audience Research Inc. subsidiary Gallup Organization, Princeton, 1947-1949. With sales department Mercer Rubber Company, Trenton, New Jersey, 1949-1953, vice president sales, 1953-1965, president, chief executive officer, 1965-1981, chairman emeritus, 1981-1983. Columnist The Times, 1981-1999.

      Interviewer radio program Station WHWH, 1983-1987. Member governor's special planning task force, 1991-1992.


    • Contributor numerous articles to magazines, newspapers.


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Chairman Trenton Economic Development Commission, 1986-1993, New Trenton Development Corporation, 1983-1993, Mercer County Grand Old Party Committee, 1970-1975. Vice-chairman board governors Rutgers University, 1971-1975. President Planning Middlesex-Somerset-Mercer Regional Council, Princeton, 1981-1999.

    Member executive committee June Opera Festival, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Board directors New Jersey Art Museum. Member New Jersey Building Authority, 1979-1993, chairman, 1988-1999.

    Vice chairman Princeton Regional Planning Board, 1979-1981. Member Princeton Consolidation Commission, 1980-1981, Mercer County Government Commission, 1973-1974, New Jersey Governor's Special Regional Government Committee, 1991-1992. Served with United States Army, 1943-1945, British Army, 1942-1943.



    Birdwatching, collecting prints, maps, drawings and oils.


    • Married Isabelle Guthrie, June 29, 1946. Children: William G., David C., George H., Henry L.
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    Died May 10, 1999
    (aged 77)
    • 1947
      Princeton University
    • 1947 - 1949
      Interview manager, Audience Research Incorporated subsidiary Gallup Organization
      Princeton, New Jersey, United States
    • 1949 - 1953
      with sales department Mercer Rubber Company
      Trenton, Illinois, United States
    • 1981 - 1999
      columnist The Times