John Savage (Congressman)

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John Savage
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Chief Justice of the
New York Supreme Court
In office
Preceded by Ambrose Spencer
Succeeded by Samuel Nelson
New York State Comptroller
In office
Preceded by Archibald McIntyre
Succeeded by William L. Marcy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th district
In office
Preceded by Elisha I. Winter
Zebulon R. Shipherd
Succeeded by Ezra C. Gross
Nathaniel Pitcher
Personal details
Born (1779-02-22)February 22, 1779
Salem, New York
Died October 19, 1863(1863-10-19) (aged 84)
Utica, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ruth Wheeler
Alma mater Union College
Profession Attorney

John Savage (February 22, 1779 in Salem, Washington County, New York – October 19, 1863 in Utica, Oneida County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Savage was born on February 22, 1779 in Salem, New York. He was the son of Mary (née McNaughton) Savage and Edward Savage, who served in the Penobscot Expedition and enlisted in Col. Samuel McCobb's regiment during the American Revolutionary War.[3]

He graduated from Union College in 1799. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1800.[1]


After being admitted to the bar, Savage commenced practice in Salem, N.Y. He was District Attorney of the Fourth District from 1806 to 1811, and from 1812 to 1815, his jurisdiction comprising Washington, Essex, Clinton and St. Lawrence Counties, from 1808 on also Franklin County, and from 1813 on also Warren County.[4]

He was a member from Washington and Warren Counties of the New York State Assembly in 1814. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fourteenth and Fifteenth United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1815, to March 3, 1819.[4]

He was District Attorney of Washington County from 1818 to 1820. He was New York State Comptroller from 1821 to 1823. He was Chief Justice of the New York Supreme Court from 1823 to 1837. In 1828, he was appointed Treasurer of the United States, but declined. He was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1844.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Savage was married to Ruth Wheeler (1784–1837). Ruth was the daughter of Anna (née Lyman) Wheeler and Gideon Wheeler, who also fought in the Revolutionary War under Capt. David Wheeler and Capt. Asa Barnes. Together they were the parents of:[3]

Savage died on October 19, 1863 in Utica, New York. He was buried at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "SAVAGE, John - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  2. ^ Weeks, Lyman Horace; Dougherty, John Hampden (1911). Legal and Judicial History of New York. National Americana Society. pp. 125–126. 
  3. ^ a b Daughters of the American Revolution (1900). Lineage Book - National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Daughters of the American Revolution. p. 247. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  4. ^ a b Hough, A.M., M.D., Franklin Benjamin (1858). The New York Civil List: Containing the Names and Origin of the Civil Divisions, and the Names and Dates of Election or Appointment of the Principal State and County Officers from the Revolution to the Present Time. Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons and Co., Publishers. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "Obituary. Ex-Judge Ward Hunt". The New York Times. March 25, 1886. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elisha I. Winter,
Zebulon R. Shipherd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th congressional district

with Asa Adgate 1815–17 and John Palmer 1817–19
Succeeded by
Ezra C. Gross,
Nathaniel Pitcher
Political offices
Preceded by
Archibald McIntyre
New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
William L. Marcy
Legal offices
Preceded by
Ambrose Spencer
Chief Justice of the New York Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Samuel Nelson