Savage, John Adams, Dd
Savage, John Adams, D.D.
a Presbyterian divine, was born in Salem, Washington County, N.Y., Oct. 9, 1800. He received his preparatory training in Salem Academy; graduated at Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1822; studied theology privately; was licensed to preach by Washington Associate Reformed Presbytery in 1825, and ordained by the same presbytery in 1827. His first charge was at Fort Covington, Franklin County, N.Y., where he remained until 1832, when he was called to the church in Ogdensburg, N.Y. Here his labors were abundant and successful. He remained at Ogdensburg nearly twenty years, and probably no man ever exerted so wide and powerful an influence for religion and for Presbyterianism in Northern New York as he. In 1850, at the earnest solicitation of Dr. Van Rensselaer, then corresponding secretary of the Board of Education, he went to Wisconsin, and took charge of Carroll College, at Wauketa, then in its infancy. Here he labored arduously in founding and building up a college in a new country. The charter had been obtained, and some little progress made in the enterprise before his arrival, but properly Dr. Savage is to be regarded as the founder of Carroll College. He died Dec. 13, 1864. Dr. Savage was a man of great sagacity, deep piety, and excellence of character; as a preacher, able and instructive; as a theologian, clear, sound, and scriptural, well meriting the honorary degree of D.D. conferred on him by his alma mater after his assumption of the presidency of the college. See Wilson, Presb. Hist. Almanac, 1866, p. 167. (J.L.S.)