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Sprague, Peleg, 1793-1880

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Personal name headingSprague, Peleg, 1793-1880
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Birth date1793
Death date1880
Place of birthDuxbury (Mass.)
Place of deathBoston (Mass.)
AffiliationUnited States. Congress. House United States. Congress. Senate
Profession or occupationLegislator Lawyer Elector
Found inHis Speech of Mr. Sprague on the removal of the deposites, delivered in the Senate of the United States, January, 1834, 1834.
DAB (Sprague, Peleg; b. Duxbury, Mass., 1793; d. Boston, Mass., 1880; U.S. senator from Maine, 1825-35)
NUCMC data from Duxbury Rural and Hist. Soc. for His Papers, 1826-1851 and undated (Peleg Sprague (Apr. 27, 1793--Oct. 13, 1880) was an American politician and U.S. Federal judge. He was born in Duxbury, Mass. to Seth Sprague and Deborah Sampson. He graduated from Harvard University in 1812 and then studied law in Litchfield, Conn. He was admitted to the bar in 1815 and practiced in Maine. Sprague served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1821-1822. In 1823 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine's Fourth Congressional District (1824-1829). He then was elected to the U.S. Senate (1829-1835). In 1835 he resigned from the Senate and practiced law in Boston from 1836-1841. In 1840 he was a presidential elector for the Whig Party. In 1841 Sprague became a Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Due to his failing eyesight, he retired from the bench in 1865. Peleg Sprague married Sarah Deming in 1818. Together they had four children: Charles, Seth, Sarah, and Francis. He died in Boston in 1880 and is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.)