George Washington “G.W.” Savage

George Washington “G.W.” Savage

Birth
Linn County, Oregon, USA
Death 17 Sep 1923 (aged 63)
Alice, Jim Wells County, Texas, USA
Burial Alice, Jim Wells County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 43768007 · View Source
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Gospel preacher listed in Ligon's Portraiture of Preachers of 1899. In 1902, he became editor of the Firm Foundation. He had 13 oral debates and some written debates by 1911. R.L. Whiteside and G. W. Savage had a written exchange in 1905-1906 over the work of the evangelist.

George W. Savage is Dead
Brother George W. Savage, well-known and much loved gospel preacher and former editor of the Firm Foundation, died suddenly of heart failure at his home in Alice, Texas, on Monday, September 17th. Details are lacking at this writing. His daugher sends telegram, and notice has already appeared in the daily papers, and has probably been read by most of our readers. Brother Savage was a man of unusual ability and of strong faith. He served in the State Legislature, both in the lower house and senate and acquired a reputation for strength in argument and for clearness in the analysis in handling bills on the floor of legislative halls. As a gospel preacher, he had few equals, and his writings were always marked with clearness and force. His manner was kind, sympathetic and obliging among his friends. He was most highly esteemed for his generous, cordial, Christian spirit. His kindness in his home and his great love for his children has been remarked by many. The last time I saw Brother Savage was at the close of school in the University last spring when he came to take back home his baby daughter Esther who had been in the University during the winter session. I had a long conversation with him, as usual, along the line of things pertaining to the kingdom of God. He told me at the time that his health had not been good for some time, that he had been suffering from high blood pressure, and on this account I was fearful at the time that his days on earth would soon be numbered. The death of Brother Savage will bring sadness to many hearts. May the Lord comfort and console Sister Savage and the children in this period of gloom and my this affection work out for them a far more exceeding weight of glory. --G.H.P. Showlater, Firm Foundation, Sept. 25, 1923, p. 2. G. W. Savage was born Jan. 6, 1860, in Lynn County, Oregon. With his parents he came to Texas in 1870. His youth was spent on the frontier, where school advantages were not the best. His close application, strong mental powers and ability to retain what he had read has resulted in him developing into one of the best posted men in all the country. At the age of sixteen he became a Christian, and when twenty began preaching the Gospel. For a time he worked on the farm and preached. Later he taught school and preached. He has engaged in thirteen oral debates, and a great many written discussions on Bible subjects. For one year he was editor of the Christian Monitor, and for four years he was editor of the Firm Foundation. He has fail to keep a record of the number he has baptized. He served four years in the House of Representatives and four years in the Senate of Texas. He is now principal of the high school at Alice, Tex., and preaching as he has opportunity. -- C.R. Nichol, Preachers Who Blazed the Trail. Savage served as a Texas Legislator of the House from Jan 1897-January 1901 and in the Texas Senate from January 1901-January 1905.

YEAR BOOK FOR TEXAS. 357-58

HON. GEORGE W. SAVAGE, BELCHERVILLE.
State Senator George W. Savage, who has attained marked prominence as a law-maker and as a champion of Democratic principles, was born in Linn county, Oregon, January 6, 1860, and came to Texas in 1871 with his parents. His father, Rev. James W. Savage, a native of Missouri, who moved to Texas in 1840, lived in Grayson county until 1848 and then went to Oregon and later to California. On returning to Texas in 1871, Rev. James W. Savage lived for a while in Cooke county and then settled in Montague county, where he has since resided. He is a minister of the Christian Church, and farmer. Rev. Hiram Savage, a Primitive Baptist preacher, grandfather of Senator Savage, resided many years in Grayson county, dying there about thirty years since. Senator Savage's mother, Mrs. Charity (Vernon) Savage, died in Montague county in 1886. Her father, George W. Vernon, a farmer, died in Oregon in 1868. Senator Savage received a good education, and for sixteen years taught school in Montague county, engaging, at the same time, in farming. He now owns two farms there, one a grain and the other a fruit farm. From early manhood he has manifested an active interest in public affairs, and signalized his faith in the political principles that constitute the tenets of Democratic doctrine by advocating them at all times and defending them with zeal and ability in every campaign fought in recent years in the section in which he resides. In response to the wishes of friends, he offered for the Democratic nomination for Representative in the Twenty-fifth Legislature, and received it, defeating a rival candidate for that honor by 1,500 majority. At the ensuing general election he defeated a Populist opponent by 1,200 majority. As a member of the House, he more than met the expectations of his constituents. He was re-nominated for the House of the Twenty-sixth Legislature by a plurality of 350 in the primaries over two other aspirants, and elected thereafter at the polls, defeating a Populist by about 2,000 majority. He was nominated at the primaries in 1899 for State Senator from the Thirty-first District (composed of Montague, Denton and Wise counties), securing the honor over two opponents, and ·was elected over a Republican and a Populist opponent by a majority of about 8,000 votes. In the Senate he was a member of the Finance and other important standing committees, and several free conference committees. A bill, introduced by him, appropriating $20,000 per year for the maintenance of the North Texas Normal College at Denton, became a law, and nearly all other important enactments received the impress of his good judgment and patriotic purpose. He is one of the two Senators appointed by Lieutenant-Governor Browning members of the joint legislative committee empowered to investigate and report upon the operations of the various State departments and institutions. No better selection could have been made, as he is a man of talent, of unflinching moral courage and, withal, free from the taint of demagogy, and a good Democrat. He has a devoted family. His wife in her love for him, and with her fine natural and acquired endowments, has aided him greatly in grappling with the great questions of public life. He is deeply attached to home life. More than all else, he is a modest and sincere Christian, who believes that no question should be considered. settled until it is settled right. Legislative Reference Library of Texas.


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  • Created by: Tom Childers
  • Added: 31 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43768007
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Washington “G.W.” Savage (6 Jan 1860–17 Sep 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43768007, citing Alice Cemetery, Alice, Jim Wells County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .