SPRAGUE, WILLIAM, (nephew of William Sprague [1799-1856], son-in-law of Salmon P.
Chase), a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Cranston, R.I., September 12, 1830;
attended the common schools and Irving Institute, Tarrytown, N.Y.; engaged in the calico-printing
business and the manufacture of locomotives; Governor of Rhode Island 1860-1863; head of a
Rhode Island regiment that was one of the first to answer the call for troops in 1861; tendered a
commission as brigadier general in 1861, but declined; elected as a Republican to the United States
Senate in 1862; reelected in 1868 and served from March 4, 1863, to March 3, 1875; was not a
candidate for renomination; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Thirty-eighth through Fortieth
Congresses), Committee on Public Lands (Forty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for
governor of Rhode Island in 1883; engaged in agricultural pursuits near Narragansett Pier, R.I.; died
in Paris, France, September 11, 1915; interment in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.