U.S. Council to Dundee


1894 Courier & Argus

Thursday, 4th January.



     The death occurred yesterday at his residence, Springfield, of Mr George Washington Savage, United States Consul at Dundee. Deceased came to Dundee in July last to succeed Mr A.B. Wood. Since coming to reside in the city he enjoyed bur feeble health, and for some time past was unable to attend regularly to his official duties. For several weeks he was confined to the house, and death was due to failure of the heart’s action. Deceased’s paternal ancestors were English, and left this country for America in 1640 along with Sir Harry Vane. His great-grandfather, Mr Samuel Phillips Savage, was concerned in the War of Independence a century ago, and acted as President of the Board of War of the colony of Massachusetts. He also presided at the meeting in the old South Church, Boston, at which it was resolved to throw the tea of British ships overboard, this famous incident being now known in America as the Boston tea party. Mr Savage’s grandfather, Captain Joseph Savage, fought throughout the war of the Revolution, and was subsequently commander at West Point. It was there that deceased was born, his father being Mr Samuel Aldridge Savage, a well known citizen, and his mother’s family being descendants from Hollanders. The late Mr Savage had an interesting career. Receiving legal training, he was afterwards engaged in the fire insurance business, and at different periods of his life he was president of several large insurance companies in New York. He was also at one time president of the New York Board of Firewriters and Judge of the Common Pleas in Union County, New Jersey. Entering the Consular service, he in 1885 was appointed United States Consul to Belfast, and this post he held till 1889. In June last he was appointed Consul at Dundee, and he arrived in the city the following month. In view of the short time he was in Dundee Mr Savage was comparatively little known, but he was withal a man of wide experience and grand ability. During his stay in Belfast he made many friends, and was held in high respect by all with whom he came in contact. His departure from the city was a matter of regret on the part of all who knew him, and he left with their good wishes for his future. Deceased, who was 74 years of age, was twice married. He is survived by a widow and five sons, one of whom is Mr John M. Savage, who is United States Vice-Consul at Dundee. The other sons are in America. Arrangements are being made to have the body forwarded to America, where the internment will take place.

(Mr John M. Savage appointed in his father’s place.)