John Houston Savage Edit Profile
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 commissioned as major of the 14th US Infantry in March 1847, and he was subsequently promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 1847-1848 11th Infantry Regiment (United States) in September of the same year. 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. 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. 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.
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.
Served 6 months as volunteer in war with Seminole Indians, 1835. Member Congress, 1849-1853 and 1855-1859. Member Tennessee legislature, 1877, 1879 and 1887.