Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876

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Clergyman and autograph collector from Albany, N.Y.

From the description of Papers, 1830-1843. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 33203510

American pastor, collector, and biographer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Albany, N.Y., to [Andrew Preston Peabody?], 1866 Jan. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 751989045

William Buell Sprague (1795-1876) was an American Presbyterian clergyman and author. A graduate of Yale and of Princeton Theological seminary, he was installed as pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Albany, New York in 1829. He is the author of the nine-volume work Annals of the Pulpit of All Denominations, a comprehensive biographical dictionary of American Protestant ministers up to 1850. Sprague was also an avid collector of autorgraphs, particularly those of important American statesmen.

From the guide to the William B. Sprague Letters, 1857-1865, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

American Presbyterian Divine and autograph collector.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : Albany, to Professor Griscom, 1830 Oct. 25-1830 Dec. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270580264

William Buell Sprague was born in Andover, Connecticut, and educated at Yale University and Princeton Theological Seminary, being ordained a minister in 1819. He became pastor at the Congregational Church in West Springfield, Massachusetts; in 1829, he moved to the Second Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York, where he served for forty years. Sprague was also a prolific writer and published many of his serrmons and tracts; he also compiled or wrote biographies of hundreds of United States clergymen, collecting them into The Annals of the American Pulpit, a nine-volume set that continues to be a valuable source. He was also an eminent collector of American books, manuscripts, and autographs.

From the description of William Buell Sprague letters, 1859-1861. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 71225951

William Buell Sprague was a Albany, New York Congregational clergyman, author and autograph collector.

From the description of Autograph book, ca. 1872. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 122441839

Rev. William Buell Sprague was a Albany, New York Congregational clergyman, author and an autograph collector.

From the description of Collection of speeches and sermons, 1799-1857. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 122633150

Author of book, ANNALS OF THE AMERICAN PULPIT.

From the description of Letter of William Buell Sprague, 1867. (Wheaton College). WorldCat record id: 31743380

Clergyman, antiquarian, and collector.

From the description of William Buell Sprague collection, 1702-1783. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71070198

American clergyman, biographer and collector.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Albany, to the Rev. John Pierpont, 1852 Dec. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270574422

Clergyman, author, and autograph collector.

From the description of William Buell Sprague correspondence, 1841. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980511

William Buell Sprague (1795-1876), clergyman and autograph collector. He was born in Andover, Conn, a son of Benjamin Sprague and Sybil Buell. William Sprague's great grand uncle, John Buell, was one of the original proprietors of Litchfield. After graduation from Yale in 1815, Sprague was a private tutor, studied two years at Princeton theological seminary. In 1819, he was ordained pastor of the First Congregational Church in West Springfield, Mass., remaining there until 1829, when he was installed as pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Albany, N.Y. He held this charge until 1869, when he resigned and moved to Flushing, N.Y. In 1828 and 1836 he visited Europe. Sprague was an enthusiastic collector of religious pamphlets and autographs. He gave his autographs, numbering nearly 100,000, to his son. Sprague was the author of more than 100 published sermons, memoirs, addresses, and essays, and wrote many introductions to books. His principal work was "Annals of the American Pulpit."

From the description of William Buell Sprague papers, 1796-1867 [microform]. (Litchfield Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 754997021

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referencedIn Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909. Letter : Boston, to Rev. W.B. Sprague, 1865 Dec. 11. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876. Letter : to Rev. William Henry Furness, 1847. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Madison, James, 1751-1836. ALS (draft in 3rd person), 1830 Feb. 5, Montpellier, Va., to Rev. William B. Sprague. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876. William Buell Sprague letters, 1859-1861. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Clark, Abraham, 1726-1794. Abraham Clark letter to Colonel Elias Dayton [manuscript], 1776 July 4. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lancaster, Joseph, 1778-1838. Papers, 1796-1840. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Spencer, Ambrose, 1765-1848. Letter, 1844 May 20. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876. William Buell Sprague papers, 1796-1867 [microform]. Litchfield Historical Society
creatorOf Tyler, John, 1790-1862. Letter of John Tyler [manuscript] 1853 July 20. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Sprague, William Buell, 1795-1876. Autograph letters signed (2) : Albany, to Professor Griscom, 1830 Oct. 25-1830 Dec. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Lyle family. Lyle family papers, 1789-1944 1824-1872 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Smith, Moses, 1830-1904. Papers, 1848-1908. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Sprague, William Buel, 1795-1876. Papers, 1830-1843. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Verplanck, Gulian C. (Gulian Crommelin), 1786-1870,. Autograph letters signed from Gulian Crommelin Verplanck, Washington, Long Island and Albany, to various people [manuscript], 1822-1854. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Ripley, George, 1802-1880. Autograph letters signed (2) : "Office of the N.Y. Tribune," to the Reverend Dr. [William Buell] Sprague, 1858 Dec. 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Severn, Hannah. Autograph Collection, 1726-1873. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Spencer, John C. (John Canfield), 1788-1855. Letter : n.p., to Rev. Dr. Sprague, n.p., 1853 Dec. 8. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Goodrich, Samuel G. (Samuel Griswold), 1793-1860. Letters of Samuel Griswold Goodrich [manuscript], 1822-1856. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Seward, Frederick William, 1830-1915. Letter : Washington, D.C., to William B. Sprague, Albany, N.Y., 1864 Aug. 1. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878. Letter, 1843 June 7, to W.B. Sprague. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Seymour, George Dudley, 1859-1945. Correspondence, 1920. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. Letter, 1828 October 15, Boston, to Rev. W.B. Sprague, [n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Foote Family. Papers, 1739-1972. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909. Letter : Boston, to Rev. W.B. Sprague, 1865 Dec. 11. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Cheever, Henry T. (Henry Theodore), 1814-1897. Letter to Wm. B Sprague, 1857 October 27. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Worcester, S. A. (Samuel Austin), 1798-1859. Letter : Park Hill, Cherokee Nation, [Indian Territory], to Rev. W.B. Sprague, Albany, N.Y., 1840 Feb. 24. Newberry Library
creatorOf Verplanck, Gulian C. (Gulian Crommelin), 1786-1870,. Autograph letters signed from Gulian Crommelin Verplanck, Washington, Long Island and Albany, to various people [manuscript], 1822-1854. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Sprague, William Buell, 1795-1876. Letter, 1847 July 6, Albany, N.Y., to Samuel Gilman Brown, Hanover, N.H. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Sprague, William B., (William Buell), 1795-1876. Autograph book, ca. 1872. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Morse Family Papers, 1779-1868 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Woolsey family. Woolsey family papers, 1750-1976 (inclusive), 1811-1921 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Jameson, Mrs (Anna), 1794-1860,. Autograph letter signed from Anna Jameson, London, to "Sir" [manuscript], [1846?] June 3. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Woolsey family. Woolsey family papers, 1750-1950 (inclusive), 1811-1921 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Morse family. Morse family papers, 1779-1868 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Gratz, Simon. Alphabetical collection, 1677-1910. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Brainerd, David, 1718-1747. Autograph leaf from his journal, numbered 13-14, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Dickinson family library, 1810-1977. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876. Autograph collection, 1749-1814. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Seward, Frederick William, 1830-1915. Letter : Washington, D.C., to William B. Sprague, Albany, N.Y., 1864 Aug. 1. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Fields, Joseph E.,. Joseph E. Field collection of letters by autograph collectors, 1822-1921. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Witherspoon, John, 1723-1794. Diary and accounts, 1768. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Benson John Lossing Collection, 1843-1917 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Occom, Samson, 1723-1792. Letter, 1763 June 1, New York, to Mary Occom, Montauk, Long Island / Samson Occom. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. Papers of Nathaniel Hawthorne [manuscript] 1659-1963 (bulk 1839-1864). Clifton Waller Barrett Library
creatorOf Holland, J. G. (Josiah Gilbert), 1819-1881. Papers of J.G. Holland, 1860-1881. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876 . Extracts from Dr. Sprague's historical sermon, after 1824. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876. William Buell Sprague collection, 1702-1783. Library of Congress
creatorOf Alexander, Archibald, 1772-1851. Papers, 1819-1851. Presbyterian Historical Society, PHS
referencedIn Samuels, Jack Harris, d. 1966,. English and American literary manuscripts and letters collection, 1663-1964. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Jonas, Harold. Collection of Roscoe Conkling materials, 1822-1962. Library of Congress
creatorOf Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876. William Buell Sprague correspondence, 1841. Library of Congress
creatorOf Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872. Papers. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf McAllister, John A. (John Allister), 1822-1896,. John A. McAllister Papers, 1820-1885 (bulk 1860-1866). Porterville Public Library
creatorOf Schaeffer, P. Harvey. Pennsylvania College papers. Lutheran Theological Seminary at Phila., Krauth Memorial Library
referencedIn Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the City of New York,. Miscellaneous collections, [ca. 1816-1963] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Jameson, Mrs (Anna), 1794-1860,. Autograph letter signed from Anna Jameson, London, to "Sir" [manuscript], [1846?] June 3. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Stephen Olin and Julia Olin letters, 1841-1858 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Tyler, John, 1790-1862. ALS, 1848 November 9 : Sherwood Forest, Charles City Cty., Virginia, to William B. Sprague. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851. Letters, 1813-1851. New Hampshire Historical Society Library
referencedIn Dick, Thomas, 1774-1857. Dick, Thomas, letter, 1847. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Smith, Truman, 1791-1884. Letters to William B. Sprague, 1840-1842. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Clark, Abraham, 1726-1794. Abraham Clark letter to Colonel Elias Dayton, 1776 July 4. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Sedgwick, Theodore, 1780-1839. Letter to W.B. Sprague. New York, NY. 1831 Nov. 13. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869. Letter to William Buell Sprague. Andover, MA. 1860 Dec. 27. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848. Letter, 1830 October 31, Quincy, [Mass.], to Rev W. B. Sprague, Albany, [N.Y.] New England Historic Genealogical Society
referencedIn Taintor, Henry E. Papers, 1856-1864. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf McCleary, Samuel F. (Samuel Foster), 1822-1901. Papers, 1704-1899. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Sprague, William Buell, 1795-1876. Letters, Albany, to unidentified recipients [manuscript] 1848-1851. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Armstrong, John, 1758-1843. ALS, 1838 March 20, Red Hook, N.Y., William B. Sprague, Albany. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Blair, Montgomery, 1813-1883. Letter: Wash[ington, D.C.] to Rev[erend] W[illiam] B[uell] Sprague, Albany, N.Y., 1865 Nov. 20. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Woolsey family papers, 1750-1969, 1811-1921 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Winthrop, Robert C. (Robert Charles), 1809-1894. Letter : Boston, to [Robert Buell] Sprague, [Albany, N.Y.], 1854 Oct. 15. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Sprague, William Buell, 1795-1876. Autograph letter signed : Albany, to the Rev. John Pierpont, 1852 Dec. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn William L. Marcy Collection, 1821-1857 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf William B. Sprague Letters, 1857-1865 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Sprague, William B., (William Buell), 1795-1876. Collection of speeches and sermons, 1799-1857. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Baird, Samuel J. (Samuel John), 1817-1893. Samuel J. Baird papers, 1834-1892. Library of Congress
referencedIn Farmer, John, 1789-1838. John Farmer papers, 1810-1834. New England Historic Genealogical Society
referencedIn Amelia Opie manuscript material : 205 items, 1795-1853 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882. Houghton Library.
referencedIn McLean, John, 1785-1861. Letter : Washington, D.C., to Reverend W[illiam] B. Sprague, n.p., 1828 Oct. 21. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Bradford, Thomas, 1745-1838. Papers, 1789-1901. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Jenks, Henry Fitch, 1842-1920. Papers, 1809-1903. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1855. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Correspondence, 1815-1859. Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
referencedIn Custer, George Armstrong, 1839-1876. Letter: to William Sprague /by George Armstrong Custer, 1867 Jan 18. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Hudson family. Hudson and Fiske families, 1781-1882. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Samuel J. Baird Papers, 1834-1892 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876. Autograph letter signed : Albany, N.Y., to [Andrew Preston Peabody?], 1866 Jan. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Goodrich, Samuel G. (Samuel Griswold), 1793-1860. Letters of Samuel Griswold Goodrich, 1822-1856. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Spencer, Ambrose, 1765-1848. Letter, 1845 August 27. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Sprague, William B. (William Buell), 1795-1876. Letter of William Buell Sprague, 1867. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
creatorOf Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813. Benjamin Rush letters, 1793; 1803; 1810. National Library of Medicine
creatorOf Pepperrell, William, Sir, 1696-1759. ALS : Springfield, Mass., to Thomas Pownall, 1757 Aug. 15. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Joseph E. Field collection of letters by autograph collectors, 1822-1921. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Clark, Mary H., d. 1875. Mary H. Clark papers, 1848-1861. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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Birth 1795-10-16

Death 1876-05-07

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