Peleg Sprague

April 28, 1793
October 13, 1880
Home Town:
Duxbury, MA
Later Residences:
Boston, MA
Sarah Deming Sprague (August 1818)
Biographical Notes:
Peleg Sprague was a descendant of William Sprague who came from England to Salem, Massachusetts in 1628. Peleg Sprague was the ninth child of Seth and Deborah Sampson Sprague. In 1812 Peleg graduated from Harvard, and was awarded the Judge Boylston prize for elocution. Upon completing his studies at Harvard he traveled to Litchfield, Connecticut where he studied the law at Tapping Reeve's law schol in the year 1813. He then continued his legal training with Samuel Hubbard of Boston and Levi Lincoln of Worcester before being admitted to the bar in 1815.

After his admission to the bar he went to Maine, where he was active in the separation of Maine from Massachusetts, and from 1821 until 1822 served as a state representative. In 1825 Peleg was elected to the United States House of Representatives ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Harvard College in 1812 and was awarded the Judge Boylston prize for elocution.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied the law with Samuel Hubbard in Boston, MA and Levi Lincoln in Worcester, MA.
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (ME) 1825-1827
U.S. Senator (ME) 1829-1835
Judge for the U.S. District of MA (MA) 1841-1865
State Posts:
State Representative (ME) 1821-1822

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Baldwin, Roger Sherman. Notes on law taken from the lectures of the Honble. Tapping Reeve and James Gould, esquire … at the Litchfield Law School, 1812-1813. Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.
Secondary Sources:
American Council of Learned Societies. Dictionary of American Biography, New York: Charles Schribner & Sons, 1943.

Sprague, Peleg. Speeches and Addresses. Boston: Philips, Sampson & Co., 1858.

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