"Sprague Families in America", by Dr. Warren Vincent Sprague, page 49.
The Hon. Ebenezer Carlton Sprague, lawyer of Buffalo was the only child in his family to survive infancy.
"Supplement to Sprague Families in America", by Dr. Warren Vincent Sprague, 1941, page 43.
Eben Carlton Sprague graduated from Harvard, 1843; admitted to the bar, 1846, appointed attorney for Great Western R. R. Co., 1852 and for Grand Trunk Railway in 1854 and later for a number of other large concerns. A man of prominence and great respectability.
From Jane Sanderman Mason, correspondent, note of March 18th, 2008
UB University Archives: Chancellors and Presidents at the University at Buffalo
Eben Carleton Sprague (1822-1895)
The Honorable E. Carleton Sprague, founder of the law firm of Sprague, Morey & Sprague, was the University's third Chancellor, holding that post from 1885 until 1895. During Sprague's tenure, the University of Buffalo expanded to include schools of Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Law. Before becoming Chancellor, Sprague was one of the principle organizers of the American International Bridge Company which later merged with the Canadian Colonial International Bridge Company in order to build the first international railway bridge across the Niagara River in 1870.
The New York Times, Febuary 15, 1895, page 5
S. Carlton Sprague
S. Carlton Sprague, one of the most prominent lawyers of Buffalo, died yesterday. Mr. Sprague was born at Bath, N. H., Nov. 28, 1822. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1843, studied law at Buffalo with Fillmore & Haven, and was admitted to practice in 1846. In 1876-7 he was State Senator, filling a vacancy caused by the resignation of Sherman S. Rogers.
Mr. Sprague had been attorney for the Erie Railway since 1854. He had been Prewsident of the Young Men's Association of Buffalo and of the Buffalo Club, and had held high elective positions with many social and charitable trusts. As an orator he ranked among the best in the State. In politics Mr. Sprague had been a Republican since 1856, though very independent. [3, 4]