Royal Tyler Sprague
|11th Chief Justice of California|
January 2, 1872 - February 24, 1872
|William T. Wallace|
|Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California|
January 3, 1867 - January 1, 1872
|Isaac S. Belcher|
|President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate|
January 1855 - December 1855
|Benjamin F. Keene|
|Delos R. Ashley|
|Born||January 23, 1814|
New Haven, Vermont, U.S.
|Died||February 24, 1872 (aged 58)|
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Francis Blocksom (m. 1844)
Sprague taught elementary school in Potsdam, New York and later opened a school in Zanesville, Ohio. In 1838 he began to study law and was admitted to the bar in Ohio. The finding of gold in the Sierra Nevada prompted Sprague to become a "Forty-Niner". After arriving in California in September 1849, Sprague worked a claim on Clear Creek on the Sacramento River. He settled in Reading's Springs, now Shasta, California, and once again became an attorney.
In 1867, Sprague was elected to the Supreme Court of California as a Democrat; he was chosen to be Chief Justice in January 1872 and died the next month. He is interred in Sacramento Historic City Cemetery.
On, May 30, 1844, he married Francis Blocksom at Muskingum, Ohio. In 1852, Sprague returned to Ohio briefly to retrieve his wife and their family; they returned to California with him. The couple had four children: Anna Maria Sprague (1845-1879); Arthur Hale Sprague (1848-1922); Ella Sprague (1853-1855); and Frances Royal Sprague (1864-1957).
Augustus L. Rhodes
| Chief Justice of California
William T. Wallace
| Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court
1867 - 1872
Isaac S. Belcher
Benjamin F. Keene
| President Pro Tempore California State Senate
Delos R. Ashley
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