Henry Howard, son of Joseph Norris Sawyer, was born at Farmington, New York; March 31, 1853. He attended the district school and the Palmyra high school. During his boyhood he worked on his father’s farm and afterward cultivated a farm of one hundred and forty-three acres of his own. Afterward he moved to the Rushmore farm consisting of one hundred and forty-five acres, owned by his wife’s father. From 1876 to 1903 he lived at Farmington and since then has lived at Victor, where he has charge of two large farms. In politics he is a Republican and he is postmaster of Victor. In religion he is a Methodist.
He is a member of the Farmington Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. He married, January 15, 1880, Ella P. Rushmore, born at Farmington. December 25, 1858, daughter and only child of Lewis and Deborah A. (Dennis) Rushmore. Her father was born in 1828, died in 1899, a prosperous farmer, a Republican in politics and a member of the Society of Friends. Her mother was born in 1838 and died in 1895.