Edward Payson Sprague, D.D., Ph.D. (1843 - 1902) MP

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Birthplace: Colchester, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Salem, Washington County, New York, United States
Cause of death: angina pectoris
Occupation: Minister
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About Edward Payson Sprague, D.D., Ph.D.


Edward Payson Sprague, D.D., Ph.D.

Son of the Rev. Daniel Greene Sprague and Caroline Wood; born at Westchester, Conn., October 18, 1843; united with the Presbyterian church, South Orange, N. J., in the spring of 1859; studied at the Newark Academy, Newark, N. J., before 1859, and at Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass., 1859-60; was graduated from the University of New York as valedictorian of his class, 1864; having been ordered to Antietam with the Second New Jersey Regiment, was recalled on the eve of departure and returned to complete his college course; was graduated from this Seminary after taking the full course.

He was licensed to preach by the Essex North Association, at Newburyport, Mass., December 19,1866; ordained by the presbytery of Troy, N. Y., as pastor of the Presbyterian church, Salem, N. Y., April 28,1868; remained until October 23, 1881; was installed at First Presbyterian Church, Meadville, Penn., November 3, 1881, remaining until November 20, 1887; installed at the Second Presbyterian Church, Auburn, N. Y., November 25, 1887, remaining until June 2, 1895; installed at the Presbyterian church, Salem, N. Y., November 8, 1895, where he continued until his death.

He received the degree of doctor of divinity from the University of New York, 1887, and the degree of doctor of philosophy on examination from Allegheny College the same month.

He was commissioner of Auburn Theological Seminary, 1890-94; president of the board of trustees of Washington Academy, Salem, N. Y., 1874-81 and 1895 until his death; stated clerk of the presbytery of Cayuga, 1891-95; president of Cayuga County Bible Society; member of the Meadville Literary Union, the Meadville Natural History Society, and the Cayuga County Historical Society.

He published a " Biographical Sketch of Rev. Daniel G. Sprague," a "History of the Presbyterian Church, Salem, N. Y.," and " Suggestions for the Revision of the Confession of Faith," 1890, besides making frequent contributions to the religious and secular press.

He married, June 10, 1868, at East Setauket, N. Y., Sarah Frances Dering, daughter of Henry Sylvester Dering, M.D., and Harriet E. Hulse. One son and one daughter died in infancy; one daughter was graduated from Wells College, 1894; and Dering J. Sprague, a graduate of Williams College, 1900, is instructor in mathematics at the New York Military Academy, Cornwall-on-Hudson, N. Y.

Dr. Sprague died at Salem, N. Y., of angina pectoris, January 7,1902, aged fifty-eight years, two months, and twenty days.

Bibliographic information QR code for Necrology Title Necrology Author Andover theological seminary. Alumni association Published 1902 Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison Digitized Sep 10, 2009









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Rev. Edward Payson Sprague, D.D., Ph.D.'s Timeline

October 18, 1843
Colchester, New London County, Connecticut, United States
June 10, 1868
Age 24
Setauket- East Setauket, Suffolk, New York, United States
November 21, 1870
Age 27
New York, United States
July 24, 1874
Age 30
New York, NY, USA
September 29, 1875
Age 31
October 22, 1877
Age 34
Salem, Washington, New York, United States
January 7, 1902
Age 58
Salem, Washington County, New York, United States