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William Sprague (III, Governor)

Father: William Sprague (5 Jun 1773 - 28 Mar 1836)
Mother: Anna Potter (ABT 1763 - 12 Feb 1828)

Family 1: Mary Waterman (12 Nov 1801 - 16 Feb 1885)

  1. +Byron Waterman Sprague (5 Sep 1824 - 31 Jul 1866)
  2. +Susan Sprague (ABT 1824 - Oct 1853)

                                                                                         _William Sprague ____+
                                                                                        | (1609 - 1675) m 1635
                                                                   _William Sprague ____|_Milicent Eames _____
                                                                  | (1650 - 1723) m 1709  (1615 - 1695)       
                                             _Peter Sprague ______|
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                                            |                     |                      _Jeremiah Tower _____+
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                                            |                     |_Mary Tower _________|_Elizabeth Rowland __
                                            |                       (1672 - ....) m 1709                      
                       _William Sprague ____|
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 _William Sprague ____|
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|                     |                     |                     |_Mary Olney _________|_Mary Whipple _______
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|                     |_Isabella Waterman __|
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|--William Sprague 
|  (1799 - 1856)
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|_Anna Potter ________|
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Notes

!SOURCE: Printout from the Sprague Database dated 18 Oct 1997, mailed by Dick Weber to the Whipple WebSite. Cites "The Tower Genealogy," by Charlemagne Tower, p. 83.

!GOVERNMENT: Elected Governor of Rhode Island and a member of Congress. --D. Weber.

!SOURCE: "Descendants of William Sprague," email from N. Combs to Weldon Whipple, 6 Sep 2006. Cites Sprague Families in America (birth); Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 (burial).

!SOURCE: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IX, "Sprague, William," page 457 (cited by N. Combs, 6 Sep 2006):

SPRAGUE, William {13090}, governor of Rhode Island, was born in Cranston, R.I., Nov. 3, 1799; son of William and Anne (Potter) Sprague; grandson of William and Mary (Waterman) Sprague, and a descendant of the Rev. Jonathan Sprague, of Providence, and on his mother's side, of Roger Williams. His father was the first to introduce calico printing into America. William and his brother Amasa were made partners in the business, and in 1836, upon the father's death, the sons continued the business, greatly enlarging and improving it, until it became the largest cotton manufactory in the world. William Sprague was a member of the general assembly; being speaker of the house, 1832X35; a representative in the 24th congress, 1835X37, and was elected twelfth governor of the state to succeed John Brown Francis in 1838, serving till 1839. He was elected U.S. senator to succeed Hon. Nathan F. Dixon, deceased, Feb. 18. 1842, serving till 1844, when he resigned on account of the death of his brother Amasa, which threw upon him the entire responsibility of the firm of A. and W. Sprague. He was presidential elector on the Taylor and Fillmore ticket in 1848. He was married to Mary Waterman of Warwick, [p.457] R.I., and their son Byron, with his cousins Amasa and William, continued the firm of A. and W. Sprague. Governor Sprague died in Providence, R.I., Oct. 19, 1856.

!SOURCE: Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949, page 1850 (cited by N. Combs, 6 Sep 2006):

SPRAGUE, William {13090}, a Representative and a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Cranston, R.I., November 3, 1799; pursued classical studies; engaged in mercantile pursuits; member of the State house of representatives, serving as speaker 1832-1835; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1837); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1836; Governor of Rhode Island in 1838 and 1839; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Nathan F. Dixon and served from February 18, 1842, to January 17, 1844, when he resigned; presidential elector on the Whig ticket of Taylor and Fillmore in 1848; engaged in the manufacture of cotton and paint; died in Providence, R.I., on October 19, 1856; interment in Swan Point Cemetery.

!SOURCE: "Descendants of William H. Sprague III," email from N. Combs to Weldon Whipple, 16 Apr 2015. Confirms information submitted previouslly.

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