Samuel Sawyer

Samuel Sawyer (HM26AW)

Location: Gloucester, MA 01930 Essex County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 36.825', W 70° 39.779'

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Samuel Sawyer was a great Gloucester philanthropist. A very successful ship owner and merchant, Mr. Sawyer donated Gloucester's City Hall clock and bell. He bought up woodlots to preserve the 600-acre Ravenswood Park. He founded the City's first free library, complete with an art gallery filled with personally chosen works from Europe as well as from Cape Ann.

At the library's dedication he said, the "prominent motive or object of my life (is) to do something to promote the best interests of the young... Books are the food of the mind..."
Sawyer founded a competition to reward outstanding students at a time when many young people left school to work on the wharves. The Sawyer Medal is still awarded to Gloucester public school students annually and remains a prestigious honor.

Among the library's collections are local oral histories, and the fine art on display includes Fitz Henry Lane paintings. Ravenswood Park is located on scenic Rte 127 in Magnolia and is open to the public.
HM NumberHM26AW
Placed ByGloucester Harborwalk
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Date Added Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 363605 N 4719264
Decimal Degrees42.61375000, -70.66298333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 36.825', W 70° 39.779'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 36' 49.5" N, 70° 39' 46.74" W
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Area Code(s)978
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9-13 Dale Ave, Gloucester MA 01930, US
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