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Peleg SPRAGUE

(1756-1800)

SPRAGUE, Peleg, a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Rochester, Mass., December 10, 1756; clerked in a store in Littleton, Mass.; attended Harvard College, and was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1783; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1785 and commenced practice in Winchendon, Mass.; moved to Keene, N.H., in 1787; selectman 1789-1791; county solicitor for Cheshire County in 1794; member of the State house of representatives in 1797; elected as a Federalist to the Fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jeremiah Smith and served from December 15, 1797, to March 3, 1799; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1798; died in Keene, N.H., April 20, 1800; interment in the Washington Street Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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