Sayre, David Austin (1793- 1870)

TITLE OF VIDEO CLIP David Ausin Sayre

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David Austin Sayre is one of Lexington's best examples of a poor boy who found fame and fortune. Walking barefoot from Maysville, Sayre arrived in Lexington in 1811 with no money. After working as a silversmith for 12 years, he joined a broker's office. Eventually Sayre became a banker and earned his fortune. He is remembered for his philanthropy, including the donation in 1854 of the building and grounds for Sayre Female Institution, which is a preparatory school today.

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