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John Thomas SPRIGGS

(1825-1888)

SPRIGGS, John Thomas, a Representative from New York; born in Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England, April 5, 1825; immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Whitesboro, Oneida County, N.Y., in 1836; attended Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., and was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1848; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1848 and commenced practice in Whitesboro, N.Y.; prosecuting attorney of Oneida County in 1853; county treasurer in 1854; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1860; mayor of Utica 1868-1880; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1872 and 1880; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on Accounts (Forty-ninth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Utica, N.Y., December 23, 1888; interment in Whitesboro Cemetery, Whitesboro, N.Y.

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

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