John Savage (Congressman)

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John Savage

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.


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

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.

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.

He was buried at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica.


United States 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