Thomas S. Savage

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Thomas Staughton Savage (June 7, 1804 in Cromwell, Connecticut December 27, 1880 in Rhinebeck, New York) was an American Protestant clergyman, missionary, physician and naturalist.

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He attended Yale College and Yale Medical School. His first marriage was to Susan A. Metcalfe September 28, 1838. He married his second wife, Maria Chapin, in 1842. It was after her death that he married Elizabeth Rutherford, granddaughter of the author Eliza Fenwick, in 1844. He was the father of five children, Elizabeth Fenwick Savage (b. 1846), Alexander Duncan Savage (b. 1848), Thomas Rutherford Savage (b. 1852), William Rutherford Savage (b. 1854), Jesse Duncan Savage (b. 1858). He was the grandfather of the American artist Thomas Casilear Cole (1888-1976).

Eliza Fenwick was an English author whose works include Secresy; or The Ruin on the Rock (1795) and several children's books. She was born in Cornwall, married an alcoholic and had two children by him. She eventually left him to live with her children in Barbados, where she ran a school with her daughter.

In 1836 Savage was sent as a missionary to Liberia. During his time in Africa he acquired the skull and other bones from an unknown ape species, which he described in 1847 at the Boston Society of Natural History with American naturalist and anatomist Jeffries Wyman [1] [2] with the scientific name Troglodytes gorilla , now known as the western gorilla. [3]

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  1. Savage TS. (1847). Communication describing the external character and habits of a new species of Troglodytes (T. gorilla). Boston Soc Nat Hist: 245–247.
  2. Savage TS, Wyman J. (1847). Notice of the external characters and habits of Troglodytes gorilla, a new species of orang from the Gaboon River, osteology of the same. Boston J Nat Hist 5:417–443.
  3. Conniff R. Discovering gorilla. Evolutionary Anthropology, 18: 55-61. doi : 10.1002/evan.20203

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