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Mott Randolph Sawyers


Mott Randolph Sawyers, American clergyman. Awarded testimonial of good citizenship “for more than 20 years of useful public service,” 1940; recipient Minute Man medal National Society S.A.R., 1958.


Sawyers, Mott Randolph was born on July 5, 1870 in Unionville, Iowa, United States. Son of Sylvester Heartwell and Mary Flavia (Miller) Sawyers.


Bachelor of Arts, Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa, 1890, Doctor of Divinity, 1914. Student Princeton, 1891. Graduate Princeton Theological Seminary, 1895.

Graduate study Union Theological Seminary, 1898-1899. Doctor of Philosophy., Western Union College, Lemars, Iowa, 1913.


LaRue. Ordained ministry Presbyterian Church, 1903. Pastor Unionville and Moulton, Iowa, 1895-1896, Centerville, 1897. State secretary Iowa Anti-Saloon League, 1899-1902.

Pastor Mount Ida Presbyterian Church, Davenport, Iowa, 1902-1911. General secretary Young Men’s Christian Association, Davenport, 1911-1913. Pastor Avondale Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, O., 1914-1915.

Lecturer Redpath Lyceum Bureau, 1910-1917. In Young Men’s Christian Association service at various army posts 1917-1919. Also lecturer on United States Constitution.

Pastor Centerville, 1920-1940, pastor emeritus May 1, 1940. Interim pastor, Congressional Church, Anoka, Minnesota, 1941, First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, Minnesota, September 1942-August 1943.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Famous Friends of God, 1933. The Shepherd Who Abided, 1937. The Chaplain Speaks, 1951.Author of official nat. S.A.R. hymn, adopted 1956.


Member of the board of directors Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. Member Iowa National Guard 3 years. Member International Magna Charta Association (Vice-President Iowa), S.A.R. (president Minnesota, nat. chaplain 1949-1954.

Member Chapparal Society, Poets and. Club: Commercial (ex-president). Writer Pep Talks, syndicated weekly newspaper feature, and contributor stories and verse to mags.


Married Rebecca Margaret Taylor, July 17, 1907.

Sylvester Heartwell Sawyers

Mary Flavia (Miller) Sawyers

Rebecca Margaret Taylor