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John Houston SAVAGE

(1815-1904)

SAVAGE, John Houston, a Representative from Tennessee; born in McMinnville, Tenn., on October 9, 1815; attended the common schools; served as a private in the Seminole War; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Smithville, Tenn.; colonel of State militia; attorney general of the fourth Tennessee district 1841-1847; major of the Fourteenth United States Infantry during the Mexican War and subsequently promoted to lieutenant colonel; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1853); declined to be a candidate for reelection; elected to the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1859); colonel of the Sixteenth Regiment Tennessee Infantry, in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; member of the State house of representatives 1877-1879 and 1887-1891 and the State senate 1879-1881; died in McMinnville, Tenn., on April 5, 1904; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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