"The Ralph Sprague Genealogy", by E. G. Sprague, page 164.
Rev. Edward Payson Sprague graduated as valedictorian of his class at the New York University in 1864, having taken during his course the Sophomore Greek prize and delivered one of the Junior orations; was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa society and joined th eZeta Psi fraternity; graduated from Andover Theological Siminary in 1867, and the following year was ordained by the Troy Presbytery. On April 28 of the same year was installed pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Salem, Washington County, NY. On this occasion, his father, the Rev. Daniel Green Sprague of South Orange, NJ, who afterwards came to reside at Salem, delivered the charge to the pastor.
After a faithful and successful pastorate of thirteen years at Salem, Dr. Sprague accepted a call from the First Presbyterian Church, Meadville, PA. Here he became a member of several societies and wrote many articles and lectures. One of the latter, "Ten English Bibles," was delivered before college and siminary audiences; was often called upon for popular addresses and was a contributor to religious publications. While in Meadville, Allegheny College conferred upon him th edegree of Ph.D., and his Alma Mater, the honorary degree of S. T. D. In Nov. 1887, Dr. Sprague was called to the pastorate of the Second Presbyterian Church, Auburn, New York. Here his love of study and scholarship found a ready field in his connection with auburn Theological Seminary and he served as president of it's board of commissioners. Conjointly with the honored Professor Ransom B. Welch of th eSeminary, he formulated a brief creed based on the Shorter Catechism and retaining mainly the phraseology of the present standards. It was an admirable piece of work, and it deserved and received much attention in many quarters. He also wrote an exposition of the book of Romans which was both intellectually and spiritually profitable. He was thorough in his professional studies, but was not confined to these. Papers read by him show an exactness of knowledge and the habit of original research, a man of deep erudition and sound practical common sense in his acceptance of many points of later science and criticism. Was stated clerk of Cayuga Presbytery four years and four times honored by being chosen as a commissioner to General Assembly. Dr. Sprague was eminent as a Mason. Holding th eoffice of high priest of Federal Chapter, by his thorough knowledge of the craft and history and his devotion to it's lofty principles, he was known and esteemed in Masonic circles, throughout the state and nation. In July 1895 at the earnest solicitation of old friends and parisioners, he returned to Salem to renew his pastorate in the church of his early ministry. He died honored, revered and loved.