E. Carleton Sprague

Eben Carleton Sprague
3rd Chancellor of the
University of Buffalo
In office
Preceded byOrsamus H. Marshall
Succeeded byJames O. Putnam
Personal details
Born(1822-11-28)November 28, 1822
Bath, New Hampshire
DiedFebruary 14, 1895(1895-02-14) (aged 72)
Buffalo, New York
Resting placeForest Lawn Cemetery
Political partyRepublican Party
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Hubbard Williams
ParentsNoah Paul Sprague
Abiah (Carlton) Sprague
EducationPhillips Exeter Academy
Alma materHarvard College

Eben Carleton Sprague (November 28, 1822 – February 14, 1895) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He was born on November 28, 1822, in Bath, Grafton County, New Hampshire, the son of Noah Paul Sprague (1798–1879) and Abiah (Carlton) Sprague. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and graduated from Harvard College in 1843.


Sprague studied law with Millard Fillmore and Solomon G. Haven and was admitted to the bar in 1846, and practicing in Buffalo, New York. From 1854 until his death, he practiced in partnership with Fillmore's son, Millard Powers Fillmore, and was an attorney for the Erie Railway.

He was elected and became a member of the New York State Senate (31st D.) in 1877 as a Republican. Sprague served as the third Chancellor of the University of Buffalo from 1885 until his death in 1895. The first was former U.S. President Millard Fillmore and the second was Orsamus H. Marshall, the American lawyer, educator and historian.

Personal life

On June 25, 1849, he married Elizabeth Hubbard Williams (1831–1908), and they had eight children. He died on February 14, 1895, in Buffalo, New York.


New York State Senate
Preceded by
Sherman S. Rogers
New York State Senate
31st District

Succeeded by
Ray V. Pierce
Academic offices
Preceded by
Orsamus H. Marshall
Chancellor of the University of Buffalo
Succeeded by
James O. Putnam

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