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William Henry Sayen

newspaper columnist

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.


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.


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.


  • Other Interests

    Birdwatching, collecting prints, maps, drawings and oils.


Married Isabelle Guthrie, June 29, 1946. Children: William G., David C., George H., Henry L.