Ezra, Col. Thompson Sprague (1833 - 1888)

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Birthplace: Windham, Windham, CT, USA
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
Cause of death: complications of consumption which he caught during the war.
Occupation: Civil War service, 42nd Regular Wisconsin Volunteers, Federal prosecutor and judge
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About Ezra, Col. Thompson Sprague

He went from a private to, in June, 1865 was brevetted Brigadier General for "meritorious services during the war. That is Notable.

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Bibliographic information QR code for Obituary record Title Obituary record Author Amherst College Published 1874 Original from the University of Michigan Digitized Jun 11, 2007

EZRA THOMPSON SPRAGUE, the son of William B. and Joanna (Hutchins) Sprague, was born June 23, 1833 in Windham, Conn. He was fitted for college at West Killingly (now Danielsonville) Academy, and taught there one year after graduation. He then went to Madison, Wis., studied law, and was admitted to the bar there in December, 1857. He practiced his profession in that city until 1861. On the breaking out of the civil war he enlisted as a private in the First Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers. Three months later he was commissioned Adjutant of the Eighth Wisconsin, the famous " Eagle" Regiment. January, 1863 he was appointed Adjutant General of Brigade, and a few months later of Division. In July, 1864 he was commissioned Colonel of the Forty-second Wisconsin Regiment, and served in that capacity until the close of the war, and from September, 1864 was commander of the post at Cairo, 111. In June, 1865 he was brevetted Brigadier General for "meritorious services during the war." Besides numerous skirmishes and minor engagements, he participated in the battle of Fredericktown, Mo., 1861 ; the siege of Island No. 10; the battles of luka and Corinth, 1862, and Jackson, 1863, and the siege of Vicksburg in the same year.

After the war he went to De Pere, Wisconsin, and practised law till 1870, when he was elected Circuit Judge, but in 1873 he left for Utah, in tht- hope that this climate would benefit his failing health. From that time he was United States Commissioner and Register in Bankruptcy. In 187i; he was appointed Clerk of the Supreme Court, and held the office until his death.

"Jndge Sprague stood high at the bar, and his kind disposition and great integrity won for him the confidence, respect and esteem of all who knew him."

On the incorporation of Salt Lake Academy, in 1878, he was made one of its Trustees and continued to serve as such the remainder of his life. He died of consumption, at Salt Lake, Dec. 30, 1888.

Gen. Sprague was married, Nov. 20, 1860, to Helen A., daughter of J. B. Crandall of Madison, Wis., who with their four children survives him.

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Amherst college. Class of 1855. Half century record of the class of fifty-five. . (page 5 of 7)

Ezra Thompson Sprague was born in Windham, Conn., June 23, 1833. After teaching one year in West Killingly (now Danielsonville) academy (in which he prepared for college) he went to Madison, Wis., studied law and was admitted to the bar in December, 1857. He practiced his profession in that city until April, 186 1, when he enlisted as a private in the ist regiment Wisconsin volunteers. Three months later he was commissioned adjutant of the 8th Wisconsin, the famous " Eagle " regiment. In January, 1863, he was appointed adju- tant general of the brigade, and a few months later of the division. In July, 1864, he was commissioned colonel of the 42d Wisconsin regiment, and served in that capacity till the end of the war. In September, 1864, he was stationed at Cairo, 111., as commander of the post, and in June, 1865, was brevetted brigadier general for " meritorious services during the war." He saw most of the hard service in clearing the Mississippi valley; was in the battle of J'redericktown, Mo., 1861 ; the siege of Island No. 10 ; the battles of luka and Corinth, 1862 ; Jackson, Miss., 1863, and the siege of Vicks- burg, in the same year ; also at Pensacola and in the Red River expedition. He left the service in 1865.

After the war he practiced law in De Pere, Wis., till 1870, when he was appointed circuit judge, but after fifteen months' service he was obliged by ill health to leave Wisconsin and go to the mountains. In 1873 he went to Utah, recovered his

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health, resumed practice in Salt Lake City in 1875, holding also appointments as U. S. commissioner and register in bank- ruptcy. In 1876 he was appointed clerk of the supreme court, and held the office until his death from consumption, Dec. 30, 1888. He was a trustee of Salt Lake academy from the time of its incorporation to the end of his life.

" Judge Sprague stood high at the bar, and his kind dispo- sition and great integrity won for him the confidence, respect and esteem of all who knew him."

His wife, Helen A. Crandall of Clinton, Wis. (originally from Connecticut), whom he married Nov. 20, i860, and four of their five children survived him. Her present address is 360 Center street. Salt Lake City, Utah.

The oldest son is in business, is married, and has two chil- dren, son and daughter. The youngest son is a chemist, and took a special course at the State university, but did not grad- uate. The oldest daughter, a graduate of St. Marks, Salt Lake City, is librarian of the public library. The youngest daugh- ter, a graduate of Hammond Hall, is married and has three children.

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Bibliographic information QR code for Proceedings of the State Bar Association of Wisconsin Title Proceedings of the State Bar Association of Wisconsin, Volume 3 Author State Bar Association of Wisconsin Publisher The Association, 1901 Subjects Bar associations Law Lawyers

EZRA THOMPSON SPRAGUE.

Born: Windham, Connecticut, June 23,1833. Died: Salt Lake City, Utah, December 30, 1888.

He fitted for college at West Killingly Academy, Connecticut, and graduated from Amherst College in 1855.

In 1856 he removed to Madison and began the study of law with Smith and Keyes. He was admitted to the bar in April, 1857, and practiced in that city until the breaking out of the Civil War. He enlisted as a private in the First Wisconsin Infantry, and was promoted to corporal and then sergeant, and on the expiration of the period for which that regiment was mustered in he became adjutant of the Eighth Wisconsin. While connected with it he acted as adjutant of the brigade of which it formed a part, and later as assistant adjutant of the division. In the fall of 1864 he became colonel of the Forty-second Wisconsin, and during the last months of the war was in command of the troops at Cairo, Illinois. In June, 1865, he was brevetted brigadier-general. At the close of the war, Colonel Sprague engaged in the practice of the law at Depere, Wisconsin, and continued therein until he was appointed judge of the tenth circuit, in April, 1870. He served until 1872.

In the spring of 1873 he removed to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the benefit of his health. From 1875 until 1888 he practiced law there, serving one term as assistant United States attorney.

References: History of the Bench and Bar of Wisconsin, II, 432; Wisconsin Blue Book, 1899, 147.

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Col. Ezra Thompson Sprague's Timeline

1833
June 23, 1833
Windham, Windham, CT, USA
1860
November 20, 1860
Age 27
Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, United States
1862
September 26, 1862
Age 29
WI, USA
1865
March 31, 1865
Age 31
De Pere, Brown, WI, USA
1867
March 4, 1867
Age 33
WI, USA
1871
February 28, 1871
Age 37
WI, USA
1875
November 23, 1875
Age 42
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
1888
December 30, 1888
Age 55
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
1888
Age 54
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States