John Houston Savage

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John Houston Savage
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United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Personal details
Born (1815-10-09)October 9, 1815
McMinnville, Tennessee
Died April 5, 1904(1904-04-05) (aged 88)
McMinnville, Tennessee
Political party Democratic
Profession soldier



John Houston Savage was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 4th congressional district of Tennessee.


Savage was born in McMinnville, Tennessee on October 9, 1815, son of George and Elizabeth Kenner Savage. He attended the common schools and served as a private in the Seminole War. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Smithville, Tennessee.


After serving as a colonel of the state militia, Savage was the Attorney General of the fourth district of Tennessee from 1841 to 1847. He was a major of the Fourteenth United States Infantry during the Mexican-American War, and he was subsequently promoted to lieutenant colonel.[1]

Savage was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses, but he declined to be a candidate for re-election. He served from March 4, 1849 to March 3, 1853. He was again elected to the Thirty-fourth and the Thirty-fifth United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1855 to March 3, 1859.[2]

Serving as a colonel of the Sixteenth Regiment Tennessee Infantry in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, Savage was wounded at Perryville and again at Stones River in 1862. In February 1863 Savage resigned his commission in anger over his failure to advance in the ranks.

Savage was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1877 to 1879 and from 1887 to 1891. He served in the Tennessee Senate from 1879 to 1881.


Savage died in McMinnville, Tennessee on April 5, 1904 (age 88 years, 179 days), and is interred at Riverside Cemetery.[3] Savage never married. In 1903 he published his memoirs, The Life of John H. Savage. His papers are available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.[4]


  1. ^ "John Houston Savage". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "John Houston Savage". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "John Houston Savage". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "John Houston Savage". Tennessee Historical Society, Nashville, Tennessee. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 

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