Biography of James B. Savage
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JAMES BARNUM SAVAGE became a resident of the. City of Cleveland in the year 1869, and in the passing years he here built up one of the largest and most important general printing establishments and enterprises in the Ohio metropolis. His interests ever centered in his home and his large and prosperous business, he had no desire for political activity or public office, but in a quiet and unassuming way he stood exponent of the most loyal and public spirited citizenship and of personal rectitude that marked him as the object of unqualified popular confidence and esteem in both business and social life. He was one of the veteran and honored business men of Cleveland at the time of his death, which occurred February 3, 1922.

Mr. Savage was born at Saratoga Springs, New York, July 25, 1841, and was a son of James and Eunice (Barnum) Savage, who were residents of Cleveland at the time of their death. Mr. Savage received in his youth the advantages of private schools in his native state, and was nineteen years of age at the inception of the Civil war. He soon received appointment as assistant paymaster in the army, and in this capacity he continued his effective service until the close of the war. He then received appointment to the position of collector at the port of Shreveport, Louisiana, and while he was absent from home his parents had in the meanwhile established their residence in Cleveland. In 1869 he here visited his parents, and while here he formed the acquaintance of Scott Robison, who owned and conducted a general commercial and job printing establishment. Mr. Savage returned to Shreveport, but later in the same year he came again to Cleveland, where he purchased an half interest in the printing business of Mr. Robison. About two years later he assumed full controll, by purchase of the interest of his partner, and eventually, while continuing sole owner, he found it commercially expedient to incorporate the business, to which was then applied the title of the J. B. Savage Company. At the time of allying himself with this enterprise Mr. Savage had no technical knowledge of the printing business, but his powers of absorption and assimilation came effectively into play, he familiarized himself with the various details of the business, and by his energy and progressive policies eventually developed one of the largest and most modem general printing establishments in the city. Erecting a six story brick and stone building at 1395 Third Street, 50,000 square feet of floor space, and employed about 150 people. He built up a business of broad scope and unqualified financial solidity. In this establishment he provided the best of facilities for the handling of all kinds of commercial printing, book and catalogue work, etc., and the invariably efficient service was the basis on which was built up a large and important business. Mr. Savage always maintained his establishment free from union domination, and as an "open shop" his place gained its corps of loyal and efficient employes, many of whom had been there engaged for many years prior to the death of the honored proprietor.

Mr. Savage was an appreciative student and reader during the course of his entire adult life, and became a man of broad intellectuality and mature judgment, even as he stood sponsor of high ideals in all of the relations of life. His political allegiance was given to the republican party, he was a member of the Union Club of Cleveland, and was an earnest member of Saint Paul's Church, Protestant Episcopal, as is also his widow.

On the 9th of November, 1886, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Savage and Miss Mary Tisdale, daughter of the late George A. Tisdale, to whom a memorial tribute is dedicated in the following sketch, so that further review of the family history is not here demanded. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Savage has retained control of the business which he built up ably and faithfully, and her attractive home is at 3410 Euclid Avenue, she having been reared in the family home on this same avenue, but in a locality that is now given over to business. Mr. Savage is not survived by children.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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