- "[Paul Hadley's] portrait of a young law student, A. M. Sayler, won sweepstakes at the Indiana State Fair. It was judged 'for excellence in technique in medium used.' (It is difficult to paint portraits with water color.)" [Hardin, Becky, The Indiana State Flag: Its Designer (Biography of Paul Hadley with Anthology of his Paintings), p. 22 (1976). Click here to find links to read a digital copy of this fine biography.]
Try as we might, we have been unable to locate A. M. Sayler in the historical record. Hadley probably painted the portrait between 1920-1940, so, given his appearance in the painting, A. M. Sayler was probably born no earlier than 1890 and no later than 1920. No matches were found in the Indiana Roll of Attorneys or alumni records for Indiana University's law schools.
- Hardin identified Hadley's portrait subject as "A. M. Sayler." This could have been an error, but knowing how thoroughly Hardin researched history, I doubt it.
- The photo of Arthur D. Sayler does not much resemble the painting of A. M. Sayler. That one's a deal-breaker, I'm afraid.
Frankly, we're stumped. We haven't come close to exhausting historical and genealogical information, but we have invested enough time to know when it's time to move along.