William Henry Savage

William Henry Savage

Birth
County Limerick, Ireland
Death 25 May 1930 (aged 92)
San Pedro, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section C, Lot 808, Grave 4
Memorial ID 64074776 · View Source
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Civil War: U.S. Marine Corps and 14th U.S. Infantry
Indian Wars: 12th U.S. Infantry

AT REST.
Judge William H. Savage, 92, pioneer San Pedro attorney and the oldest surviving veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, died at 10:15 a.m. yesterday at his home, 833 South Cabrillo Avenue. Judge Savage was born in Limerick, Ireland, on July 12, 1836 [sic; 1837], and came to the United States at the age of 4. He was the son of Michael and Ellen Savage, both natives of County Limerick. Judge Savage obtained his early education in the schools of Boston, and in 1861 enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the Charleston Navy Yard in Massachusetts. In April of the same year he was assigned to duty on board the gunboat USS Mississippi. During the attack on Port Hudson, [Louisiana, on March 14, 1863], his ship was lost and Savage was captured when he swam ashore. He was paroled three months later and was sent to the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. In February 1865, Savage was discharged from the Marines at Cairo, Illinois. On June 8 of the same year he enlisted in the 14th U.S. Infantry at Springfield, Massachusetts. He was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant and in December 1865 transferred to San Francisco. He was transferred to Drum Barracks at Wilmington in January 1866. His regiment was transferred to Tucson, Arizona, where savage remained for two years until his discharge. From 1868 to 1869, while he was a resident of Tucson, Savage carried the U.S. mail from that city to Mesilla, New Mexico, a distance of 300 miles. In 1869 Savage joined the 12th U.S. Infantry, was promoted to sergeant and assigned to Camp Independence, Inyo County, California. In 1872 he was discharged and returned to Wilmington to make his home. At the local harbor he worked on the wharf as a laborer and studied law during his spare time. Judge Savage became justice of the peace at Wilmington, continued his work as a stevedore and all the while studied law. In 1879 he was admitted to the bar in Los Angeles. In 1880 he moved to Arizona and located at Bisbee where the year following he was elected a member of the 12th territorial legislature. In 1883 he moved to Tombstone, where he was elected city attorney and Cochise County attorney. He also joined Tombstone's Burnside Post, Grand Army of the Republic. In 1884 he became editor-owner of the Tombstone Epitaph. In 1887 he returned to San Pedro and took up the practice of law in which he remained until his death. For several years he served as city attorney. In 1900 he was elected a member of the assembly and served two years, at the conclusion of which he was elected to the senate and served there for a period of eight years. He introduced the bill which resulted in the display of an American flag in every school room of the state. He vigorously opposed the annexation of San Pedro by Los Angeles. Judge Savage was married to Miss Mary A. White, October 30, 1865. For 42 years the couple lived happily together and after rearing a family of seven children, Mary died on January 6, 1906 [sic; Jan. 5, 1907]. Judge Savage was married a second time, his bride being Catherine Hartnett, whom he wedded July 9, 1908. Mrs. Savage died June 4, 1925, and left two children, William Maurice, and Veronica Patricia. Judge Savage was one of three surviving members of Harbor Post, No. 185, G.A.R., of San Pedro of which he was commander at the time of his death. Judge Savage is also survived by five daughters, Mrs Alfred William Martin [Ellen Gertrude], Mrs. John Fletcher Dodson [Kathrine Agnes], Mrs. John Francis Dever [Margaret Cecelia], all of San Pedro; Mrs. Clyde Hiram Boyd [Martha Frances], of Santa Barbara; and Mrs. George Henry Nicholson [Clara Genevieve] of Los Angeles, and a son, Robert Howard Savage, of Oakland, California. [A sixth daughter, Mary Josephine (Savage) Lovett, predeceased him on September 25, 1925.] The body will lie in state at the family home from 7 p.m. today to 9:15 a.m. tomorrow. Rosary will be said at 8 p.m. today. At 9:15 a.m. the funeral cortege will leave the home tomorrow for the Mary Star of the Sea church where solemn mass will be in charge of Father Anthony Jacobs at 9:30 a.m. A firing squad from the USS Idaho will fire a salute at the Calvary cemetery where interment will be made.

(San Pedro News-Pilot, Monday, May 26, 1930; 1:5).


Biographical information edited by Steve.


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  • Maintained by: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Originally Created by: Steve
  • Added: 11 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64074776
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Savage (12 Jul 1837–25 May 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64074776, citing Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (contributor 48353502) .