Francis Sayre Jr
- Category : 1915-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Laws 4
American ecclesiastic and noted family, the grandson of Woodrow Wilson, born at the White House. He was the son of Wilson's daughter Jesse and named Francis for his father.
After he graduated from Williams College he earned his divinity degree from teh Union Theological Seminary. He joined the Navy as a chaplain during WWII and later moved to Cleveland, OH where he had a parish. He became Dean of Washington's National Cathedral in 1951 and retired in 1978. In his long career as Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, Sayre spoke out against societal ills, including McCarthyism, discrimination and segregation, and the Vietnam War. He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the famous voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in March 1965.
In 1946 he married Harriet Hart, a marriage that lasted until her death in 2003. The couple had four children, two daughters, Jessie and Harriet and two sons, Thomas and Nevin.
He died on 3 October 2008 at his home on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts. He was 93.