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Dr. Alden Sprague

“Dr. Alden Sprague came to Little Rock about 1831. He was born at Bedford, New Hampshire, February 3, 1800, graduated in the medical department of Dartmouth College. In the summer of 1832 he published in the Gazette a series of articles entitled “On the Diseases of Arkansas,” the first appearing in the issue of June 27, 1832. He was probably the first Arkansas physician to analyze the conditions and make known the facts. In 1835 he was one of the committee to prepare a petition to the Legislature asking for the incorporation of Little Rock as a city, and he was at one time grand master of the Masonic fraternity in the state. He dies at Little Rock on April 26, 1847.”

Source: Dallas Herndon, Centennial History of Arkansas Vol I. Dallas Herndon editor. (Easley, S. C. : Southern Historical Press reprint of 1922 edition.) p. 935

Updated 9.27.2010