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Ezra P. Savage

Ezra P. Savage

Ezra Perin Savage (April 3, 1842 – January 8, 1920) was a Nebraska republican politician and the 12th Governor of Nebraska from 1901 to 1903. He was the tenth Lieutenant Governor in 1901 serving under Governor Charles H. Dietrich.

Savage was born in Connersville, Indiana, but his parents moved to Iowa shortly after his birth. He graduated from high school in Davenport, Iowa and then attended Iowa College.


  • Career 1
  • Family life 2
  • Death 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Savage enlisted in the Union Army as a soldier and scout at the start of the Civil War, but he was discharged due to a disability. After the war he returned to Iowa and studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1875.[1] He moved to Nebraska in 1879 and staked a claim in Custer County.

In 1883, Savage was elected to the Nebraska House of Representatives, where he served two terms. After leaving office he moved to Omaha where he became the first mayor of South Omaha in 1887. He was City Councilman in 1888. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1900.[2] Savage took over as governor of Nebraska on May 1, 1901 after the resignation of Charles H. Dietrich to fill a US Senate seat.

Savage intended to run for a second term as Governor, but the criticism which was caused by his parole and pardon of former State Treasurer Bartley, who was serving a prison sentence for embezzlement, influenced his decision to step down from the race.[3]

Family life

Savage married three times: to Anna Chase[4] Rich in 1866, who died in 1883; to Elvira Hess in 1896, and she died in 1899; and finally to Julia McCullough in 1896, daughter of Alexander and Esther McCullough of Pennsylvania. She survived his passing and lived in Tacoma until her death in May, 1941.

He had six children, five of them by Anna Rich, and the last, born in 1880 to Elvira Hess.[5][6]


Shortly after serving out his one term as governor, Savage moved to Tacoma, Washington. He died in Tacoma and is interred at Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington USA.[7]


  1. ^ "Ezra P. Savage". National Governors Association. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ezra P. Savage". The Encyclopedia of Nebraska. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ezra P. Savage". The Encyclopedia of Nebraska. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  4. ^ US Census, birth and death records
  5. ^ US Census Reports
  6. ^ "Ezra P. Savage". National Governors Association. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ezra P. Savage". Find A Grave. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Edward A. Gilbert
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
Edmund G. McGilton
Preceded by
Charles H. Dietrich
Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
John H. Mickey
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