Francis B. Sayre

Deceased Person

Francis B. Sayre Francis Bowes Sayre, Sr. (April 30, 1885 – March 29, 1972) was a professor at Harvard Law School and a son-in-law of President Woodrow Wilson. He was born on April 30, 1885. On 25 November 1913, he married Jessie Woodrow Wilson (1887–1933), the daughter of President Woodrow Wilson, in a ceremony at the White House. He later served as foreign affairs advisor to the government of Siam, Assistant Secretary of State, High Commissioner of the Philippines, and U.S. representative to the United Nations Trusteeship Council. While Sayre was Siam's foreign affairs advisor, he received the title Phraya Kanlayana Maitri from King Prajadhipok and was appointed Siam's representative on the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. Sayre's immediate subordinate in his capacity of Assistant Secretary of State was Alger Hiss. Sayre declined to testify as a character witness for the defense at Hiss's perjury trials. He died on March 29, 1972. Sayre's son, Francis Bowes Sayre, Jr., (1915–2008) was the dean of the National Cathedral in Washington from 1951 until his retirement in 1978.  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Francis Sayre
Date of birth
Place of birth
South Bethlehem
Robert H. Sayre
Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre


Institution From To
Williams College
Harvard Law School


Date of death
Place of death
Washington, D.C.

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