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Edward P. Sprague    

EDWARD P. SPRAGUE, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Meadville, was born October 18, 1843, and is a son of Rev. Daniel G. and Caroline (Wood) Sprague. His father, who was a Presbyterian minister, had a family of four children, of whom Edward P. is the youngest. Our subject received his education in Newark, N. J., and at Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass., then afterward took a regular course at the University of New York City. He was the first in rank of scholarship, and valedictorian of the class in 1864. He then entered the Andover Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 1867, and was ordained pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Salem, Washington Co., N. Y., in April, 1868. He was married the same year to Miss Sarah F., daughter of Dr. Henry S. Dering, of Long Island, N. Y. They have two children: Vesta D. and Dering J. He continued as pastor at Salem until 1881, and during his pastorate he wrote a biography of his father, and a history of the church at Salem, which were published in pamphlet form and are now a part of the history of the county, being extensively read and published in other histories. In 1881 he resigned his pastorate to accept his present charge, where he was installed November 3, 1881. In his political views Mr. Sprague is a Republican. He is distinguished for his fluency as a public speaker, and is beloved by all for his social qualities.

History of Crawford County, Pennsylvania: containing a history of the county, its townships, towns, villages, schools, churches, industries, etc., portraits of early settlers and prominent men, biographies, history of Pennsylvania, statistical and miscellaneous matter, Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1885, page 770

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