Gen John Sayles

Gen John Sayles

Birth
Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, USA
Death 22 May 1897 (aged 72)
Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Burial Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Plot Masonic Section; Block 30; Lot 6, Space 14
Memorial ID 14739335 · View Source
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SAYLES, JOHN (1825-1897) ~ John Sayles, lawyer, legal scholar, and public official, son of Welcome and Harriett Elizabeth Seargeant Sayles, was born in Ithaca, New York, on March 9, 1825. In 1840, he began to teach in New York. He later taught in Georgia, attended college between school terms, and secured a B.A. degree from Hamilton College, New York, in 1845. Shortly thereafter, Sayles moved to Brenham, Texas, where he taught school, read law, and was admitted to the bar in 1846. He acquired a plantation near Brenham and a number of slaves. In 1849, he married Mary Elizabeth Gillespie; they had six children. In 1855-56, Sayles represented Washington County in the House of the Sixth Texas Legislature. He taught law at Baylor University from 1857 to 1860 and was connected with the institution again after its reorganization in 1867. During the Civil War he attained the rank of brigadier general of the militia. As a writer on Texas law, Sayles turned out more than fifteen works, usually of several volumes each. A Treatise on the Practice of the District and Supreme Courts of the State of Texas appeared in 1858, and was the forerunner of special studies on probate law, justice of the peace jurisdiction, business trnasactions, and Masonic jurisprudence. Particularly well known were his Constitution of the State of Texas(1872), Rules of Pleading and Practice in the Courts of Record in the State of Texas (1882), and Sayle's Annotated Civil Statutes of the State of Texas, edited with his son Henry in 1897. After 1886, Sayles moved to Abilene, where he practiced with his son in the firm Sayles and Sayles. He died on May 22, 1897.

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  • Added: 26 Jun 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 14739335
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen John Sayles (9 Mar 1825–22 May 1897), Find a Grave Memorial no. 14739335, citing Abilene Municipal Cemetery, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 47439466) .