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SPRAGUE, John Wilson, soldier, born in White Creek, Washington County, New York, 4 April, 1817. He was educated in common schools, and entered Rensselaer polytechnic institute, Troy, New York, in 1830, but was not graduated. He then became a merchant, and in 1851-'2 was treasurer of Erie county, Ohio. He was made a captain in the 7th Ohio volunteers at the beginning of the civil war, became colonel of the 63d Ohio in 1863, and was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers on 30 July, 1864, receiving the brevet of major-general, United States volunteers, on 13 March, 1865. He also declined a lieutenant-colonelcy in the United States army. After the war he was general manager of the Wi-nona and St. Peter railroad, Minnesota, but ffemoved to Washington territory in 1870, having been made general agent and superintendent of the Northern Pacific railroad, which offices he resigned in 1882. Since then he has engaged in various enterprises, and was for five years president of the National bank in Tacoma, WAshington territory.
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