Henry M. Sage

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Henry Manning Sage (May 18, 1868 in Albany, New York – September 25, 1933 in Menands, Albany County, New York) was an American politician from New York.


He was the son of Dean Sage (1841–1902) and Sarah Augusta (Manning) Sage. He attended The Albany Academy, and graduated from Yale College in 1890. Then he engaged in the lumber business, like his father and grandfather. On October 29, 1895, he married Anna Wheeler Ward (born 1875), and they had two daughters: Anne Erskine Sage (1897–1934) and artist Kay Sage (1898–1963).

Sage was a member of the New York State Assembly (Albany Co., 4th D.) in 1899.

In March 1900, he was elected a trustee of Cornell University, to fill the seat which had been vacant since the death of his grandfather Henry W. Sage (1814–1897) who had been Chairman of the Board of Trustees for more than 20 years. Henry M. Sage and his uncle William H. Sage (1844–1924) resigned from the Board of Trustees in protest against the burial of Willard Fiske (1831–1904) in the Sage Chapel.

Henry and Anna Sage were divorced in 1908. On May 11, 1911, he married Cornelia McClure Cogswell (born 1880), and they had two children.

Sage was a member of the New York State Senate from 1911 to 1920, sitting in the 134th, 135th, 136th, 137th, 138th, 139th, 140th, 141st (all eight 28th D.), 142nd and 143rd New York State Legislatures (both 30th D.). Afterwards he was Chairman of the State Hospital Development Commission. He was a delegate to the 1916, 1920 and 1924 Republican National Conventions.

He died on September 25, 1933, at his home "Fernbrook" in Menands, New York, of a heart attack after having been ill for several years; and was buried at the Albany Rural Cemetery there.

Author Paul Fenimore Cooper (1899–1970) was his nephew.


New York Assembly
Preceded by
George W. Stedman
New York State Assembly
Albany County, 4th District

Succeeded by
Edward McCreary
New York State Senate
Preceded by
William J. Grattan
New York State Senate
28th District

Succeeded by
James E. Towner
Preceded by
George H. Whitney
New York State Senate
30th District

Succeeded by
Frank L. Wiswall