Daniel Saunders (1822-1917) was born in Andover, Massachusetts, and died in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He was a prominent lawyer who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1844 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1845. His practice was based in Lawrence, Massachusetts, with an office in Boston as well. He served in both branches of the Massachusetts legislature. He was elected to the Senate in 1851 and the House of Representatives in 1859. Then, in 1860, he was elected Mayor of Lawrence, the city of which his father, Daniel Saunders (1796-1872), was one of the founders.