T. W. Savage

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T. W. Savage was a businessman and civic leader in the mid-1800's in the Town of Charlottesville.


Receiving 22 votes and placing fourth in a field of thirteen candidates, T. W. Savage (identified as a “Negro tailor” by the newspapers of the day) became an Alderman.


    • February: William T. Early elected Mayor.
    • October: T. W. Savage became acting mayor when William T. Early resigned and V. W. Southhall was offered the position but turned it down. Savage held the title of Mayor until the next election.


While his name was not listed in the result of the election, T. W. Savage was named as overseer of poor.

1860 - 1865

Charlottesville provided the Confederate war effort with swords, uniforms, and artificial limbs during the Civil War. During the War Charlottesville was served by the following elected mayors: Thomas Wood, George Carr, John H. Bibb, G. M. McIntire.


The Southern Railroad, running on a north-south route, arrives in Charlottesville. Intersecting the previous railway line midway between downtown and the University of Virginia, the arrival of the railroads established the area as a commercial hub.


When the South was divided into five military districts Francis H. Pierpont was serving as governor or Virginia; Charlottesville became district one.


  • March 3: Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan's Union Army of the Shenandoah entered Charlottesville to destroy railroad facilities as the 3rd Cavalry Division led by Bvt. Maj. Gen. George A. Custer arrived from Waynesboro. Mayor Christopher H. Fowler, other local officials, and University of Virginia professors Socrates Maupin and John B. Minor and Rector Thomas L. Preston met Custer, just east of here. Fowler surrendered the town, and the professors asked that the university be protected, "for it would always be a national asset." Custer agreed and posted guards during the three-day occupation. The University suffered little damage, unlike the Virginia Military Institute, which had been burned in June 1864 Union troops enter Charlottesville. The mayor, and a group town and University officials, surrendered the town and the University of Virginia to Maj. Gen. George A. Custer’s Union cavalry. [1]


  • April 4: Francis H. Pierpont was removed from office as governor of Virginia and replaced by Henry H. Wells, an ex-soldier for Michigan who took the title of provisional governor of Virginia from 1868 to 1869 during Reconstruction. Wells began his administration on a bold note by sweeping all state, county and municipal officials out of office.
  • April: Mayor C. L. Fowler, aldermen A. P. Abell, E. S. H. Wise, W. A. Watson, R. F. Harris and J. W. Lipops were removed from office by General J. M. Schofield, the military commander of the district of which Charlottesville was a part.
  • April 20: Gen. J. M. Schofield appointed T. W. Savage mayor of the town.
  • September: Mayor T. W. Savage was arraigned before a Union lieutenant on charges of having declared himself to be a military dictator of the town. Savage was acquitted.

1865 to 1925


  • Population: 2,838
  • Sidewalks made entirely of wooden boards were laid along the main streets of the city. Stepping-stones at street crossings connected the sidewalks to the road, keeping shoes clean and ladies’ skirts from dragging in the muck and manure of the dirt road.
  • January 26: An act of Congress ends Reconstruction in Virginia, readmitting Virginia into the United States and restoring civilian rule.
  • March: A new council was appointed. A. P. Abell was named chairman of the board, replacing T. W. Savage. N. H. Massie was named mayor by the councilmen who were Dr. James Thornley, J. W. Lipops, Dr. W. C. N. Randolph and T. F. Wingfield. Dr. Thornley previously served on the board under Mayor Savage.
  • April 16: N. H. Massie resigned as mayor and was replaced with Fowler until the next election.
  • May 26: In the election, William L Cochran defeated T. W. Savage with a vote of 271 to 215.
  • July 4: In accordance with the General Assembly, the town of Charlottesville was divided into four voting wards.


  • March 28: Approval of Chapter 153 of the Acts of Assembly of 1870-1871 provided a new charter for the Town of Charlottesville which stipulated that the council should have a mayor and six alderman elected annually on the fourth Saturday in June. [2]

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