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About Daniel Henry Sprague
(IX) Daniel Henry, son of James Lyric •Sprague, was born June 6, 1840, at Colchester, Connecticut. After preparing for the medical profession, he gave up the intention and became assistant principal of Bacon Academy of Colchester, Connecticut, which was founded in 1800, and named after Pierpont Bacon, to whose bequest of thirty thousand dollars "to the inhabitants of the 1st Society in Colchester" its noteworthy existence is due. He there headed the departments of English literature, the sciences and mathematics, and was editor in chief of "The Effort," the official organ of the Bacon Academy Union. During this period he also acted as special correspondent of newspapers in Norwich, Connecticut.
He served in Company C, Twenty-fourth Connecticut Volunteers, as private and as an officer of the commissary department and was afterwards historian of his regiment. He was a member of Post No. 1, Grand Army of the Republic, of Decatur, Macon county, Illinois, and a member of Wooster Lodge, No. 10, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of Colchester, Connecticut. He was general agent and adjuster of the Illinois Central Fire Insurance Company and special agent of JEtna. Life Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut. He was later instructor at the State Reform School at Westboro, Massachusetts, and after that assistant principal of the old Tockwotton Reform School at Providence, Rhode Island. He resigned that position to accept a position as assistant principal of the "House of Refuge for Juvenile Delinquents" at Randall's Island, New York, which position he held for several years, later taking up the occupation of general sales broker. He was of exemplary public spirit and took a keen interest in public affairs. He joined the Congregational church at Colchester when a young man, later uniting with the Union Congregational Church of Providence, Rhode Island, and always served the church loyally and faithfully. In politics he was a staunch Republican.
He married, at East Providence, Rhode Island, December 15, 1874, Eleanora Sinclair, daughter of Edward Scott and Susan Bushee (Hood-West) Rhodes, both branches being among the oldest of New England families (see Rhodes VI). He died at Providence, of gastric ulcers, June 29, 1899, aged fifty-eight years and twenty-one days. He had one son, Ernest Le Grand, mentioned below.
Bibliographic information QR code for New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial Title New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2 New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, William Richard Cutter Editor William Richard Cutter Publisher Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914 Original from Harvard University Digitized Feb 1, 2008 Length 2149 pages Subjects New England