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SAVAGE, John Houston, lawyer, born in McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee, 9 October, 1S15. He received a public-school education, and before he was of age served as a private under General Edmund P Gaines on the Texas frontier, and also for six months against the Seminoles in Florida. Afterward he studied law, anti began to practise in Smithville, Tennessee He was made colonel of Tennessee militia, and in 1841-'7 was attorney-general of the 4th district of his state. In 1845, he was an elector on the Polk ticket. In 1847 he was appointed major of the 14th infantry, United States army, and served in the Mexican war, being' wounded at Chapultepec, was promoted lieutenant-colonel of the 11th infantry, and, after the death of Colonel William M. Graham, commanded this regiment until the close of the war. On returning to Tennessee he resumed the practice of law, and was elected to congress as a Democrat, serving from 3 December, 1849, till 3 March, 1853, and again from 3 December, 1855, till 3 March, 1859, being a member of the committee on military affairs. During the civil war he was colonel of the 16th Tennessee Confederate infantry, and was wounded at Perryville and at Murfreesboro, he served in the legislature of Tennessee in 1877, 1879, and 1887, and now (1888) practises law in McMinnville.
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