Sprague, Peleg, 1793-1880

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American politician and U.S. Federal judge; b. in Duxbury, Mass.; graduated from Harvard, 1812; studied law in Litchfield, Conn.; admitted to the bar in 1815, moved to Hallowell, Me., and practiced in Maine; served in Maine House of Representatives, 1821-1822. In 1823 elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine's 4th Congressional District (1824-1829), then to the U.S. Senate (1829-1835). In 1835 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 he became a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Due to failing eyesight, retired from the bench in 1865. Sprague married Sarah Deming in 1818 and they had four children. He died in Boston in 1880.

From the description of Peleg Sprague papers, 1826-1841. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 639984581

American senator.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Newport, R.I., to Professor Simon Greenleaf, 1841 Aug. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270575149

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creatorOf United States. District Court (Massachusetts). Letters received, 1861-1864, by John Shepard Keyes. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Papers, 1768-1866. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Fraternity of the Suffolk Bar. Articles of incorporation and minutes of meetings, 1836-1841. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sprague, Peleg, 1793-1880. Autograph letter signed : Newport, R.I., to Professor Simon Greenleaf, 1841 Aug. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bassett, Elisha,. Letter, 1863. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Massachusetts railroads collection, 1822-1909 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Neal, John, 1793-1876. John Neal letters, 1816-1864. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. [Letter, 1833] [to] John Haven, [Portsmouth, N.H.] / Danl. Webster. Raymond H. Fogler Library
creatorOf Concord (Mass.). Committee of Arrangements (1835). Concord Committee of Arrangements for the second centennial celebration of the incorporation of Concord records, 1835. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
referencedIn Daveis, Charles Stewart, 1788-1865. Charles Stewart Daveis correspondence, ca. 1830-1847. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Massachusetts railroads collection, 1822-1909 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sprague, Peleg, 1793-1880. Letter : Boston, Mass., to Jacob Burnett [sic], n.p., 1848 Apr. 15. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Sprague, Peleg, 1793-1880. Peleg Sprague papers, 1826-1841. Duxbury Rural and Historical Society
creatorOf Brent, Daniel, 1774-1841. Letter book, 1833-1836. University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1803-1880. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bacon, Leonard, 1802-1881. [Collection of sermons and other addresses on the Pilgrims]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Sprague, Peleg, 1793-1880. Letter to John Neal. Wiscasset, [ME]. 1832 Sept. 11. University of Iowa Libraries
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associatedWith Bassett, Elisha, person
associatedWith Bowdoin College. corporateBody
associatedWith Brent, Daniel, 1774-1841. person
associatedWith Burnet, Jacob, 1770-1853. person
correspondedWith Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859 person
associatedWith Clay, Henry, 1777-1852. person
associatedWith Concord (Mass.). Committee of Arrangements (1835) corporateBody
associatedWith Daveis, Charles Stewart, 1788-1865. person
correspondedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865 person
associatedWith Fraternity of the Suffolk Bar. corporateBody
associatedWith Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853, person
associatedWith Houghton Library. person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith Loring, Charles G. (Charles Greely), 1794-1867 person
associatedWith Neal, John, 1793-1876. person
associatedWith Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850. person
associatedWith United States. Congress corporateBody
associatedWith United States. District Court (Massachusetts) corporateBody
associatedWith Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. person
associatedWith Whig Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Whig Party (U.S.) corporateBody
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Hallowell (Me.)
United States
United States
Practice of law
Senators, U.S. Congress
District courts
Justice, Administration of
Presidential candidates--History
Representatives, U.S. Congress


Birth 1793-04-27

Death 1880-10-13


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