Representative William W. Saylor View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 1/9/1952
Birth Place: Somerset, Pennsylvania
Birth Country: USA
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 30 (1904) - 31 (1906)
38 (1919)
Home County: Bremer
William W. Saylor
Bremer County


MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable William W. Saylor, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

William W. Saylor was born December 22, 1858, in Somerset County, Pennsylvania—one of nine children born to Samuel and Sarah Saylor. He died Wednesday, January 9, 1952, at Waverly, Iowa, and was buried January 11 at Harlington Cemetery in that city. Death was caused by shock due to a fractured hip, which was broken when Mr. Saylor accidentally fell in his bedroom.

He came to Iowa with his parents in 1859 and settled in Waterloo. In 1871 the family moved to a farm south of Denver, Iowa.

As a youth, Mr. Saylor attended Iowa State Teachers’ College at Cedar Falls. In 1885 he married Kathryn Winner of Waverly. They resided in Mitchell, South Dakota, for four years, returning to Waverly in 1889.

Throughout his life Mr. Saylor occupied many positions of honor and trust in his community. He was a member of the Public School Board for seventeen years—part of the time as president. He also served on the town council and was elected mayor for two terms. He served as a member of the House of Representatives in the Iowa Legislature during the Thirtieth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second sessions. He was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge for more than fifty years as well as belonging to the Chapter and the Knights Templar and also to the Odd Fellows Fraternity. Most of his life he was engaged in the retail and wholesale lumber business. Mrs. Saylor and his son, Merrill, preceded him in death. Surviving are a son, Lynn, and a granddaughter, Carolyn, both of Chicago.

In the passing of Mr. Saylor both the State and community suffer the loss of an outstanding and upright citizen. The good works performed by him during his long life of ninety-four years will live on for many years to come.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Fifty-fifth General Assembly of Iowa, That in the passing of the Honorable William W. Saylor the State has lost a valued and honored citizen, and the House would tender its sincere sympathy to the surviving members of his family in their sorrow.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Joural of the House and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.