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Sayre, Paul L.



  • Existence: 1894-1959


Paul Lombard Sayre was born July 26, 1894, in Hinsdale, Illinois. He attended University High School in Chicago, and the Teacher School in Ojai, California. Sayre received his A.B. (B.A.) degree at Harvard in 1916. He took his J.D. degree in 1920 from the University of Chicago, was admitted to the Illinois bar that same year, and practiced law in Illinois until 1924. He took his S.J.D. degree in 1925 from Harvard Law School. From 1925 until 1928, he served as professor of law at Indiana University. Sayre was a research fellow from 1928 to 1929, and in 1930 he lectured on civil procedure at Harvard Law School, before joining the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law that same year. At Iowa, Professor Sayre's lectures focused on family problems and divorce laws, and he founded the National Council on Family Relations in 1937. He also served on the editorial board of the Iowa Bar Review. He married Grace Geyer, and the couple had three children. Paul Sayre died August 10, 1959.

Author: Denise Anderson, April 2007

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Paul L. Sayre Papers

Identifier: RG99.0262

Professor, University of Iowa College of Law, from 1930 until his death in 1959. Lecturer on divorce laws, and founder of the National Council on Family Relations. Correspondence and manuscript drafts.

Dates: 1904-1962