Phillip Sauer was born and raised in the city of Dayton, his birth occurring on September 26, 1876. He was educated in Trinity Parochial school, and began work early in his youth in the commercial field. After filling a number of clerical positions he developed into an expert collector, and was thus employed by a Dayton tea company when appointed patrolman on the police force, March 26, 1908. Mr. Sauer is well known in lodge circles, being a member of the Knights of Pythias, Eagles and the Twenty-seven Club. He is unmarried.