Savage, Thomas Staughton (1804-1880)
Thomas Staughton Savage (1804-1880) was an American Protestant clergyman, missionary, physician and naturalist. Born June 7, 1804 in Cromwell, Connecticut, died December 27, 1880 in Rinebeck, New York. First marriage to Susan A. Metcalfe September 28, 1838, after her death he married Elizabeth Rutherford granddaughter of the author Eliza Fenwick in 1844. 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 with the scientific name Troglodytes gorilla, now known as the Western Gorilla.