Lemuel Sawyer, a native of Camden Co., NC, attended the University of Pennsylvania and UNC Chapel Hill, NC, and was elected to the NC House of Commons in 1800 and 1801. He began to practice law in Elizabeth City, NC in 1804 and then served eight terms in the US Congress 1807-1829. Sawyer was an author and published ‘Journal to Lake Drummond,’ in 1797 and had a four act comedy ‘Blackbeard,’ the first play by a native North Carolinian and well as the first to use North Carolina scenes and characters. Sawyer had another play entitled ‘Wreck of Honor,’ several other books and an autobiography. His lavish lifestyle, ill health and dissipation of his and his wives fortunes led to his absolute poverty.