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Sir Gordon Sprigg

Sir (John) Gordon Sprigg (1830-1913) was a British colonial administrator and politician. He travelled from Britain to the Cape Colony in 1858 and quickly became a prominent figure in Cape politics. He was the long-standing MP for East London, and served as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony four times: 1878-1881, 1886-1890, 1896-1898 and 1900-1904. Sprigg was a proponent of federation rather than Union for South Africa and was in addition, with Will Schreiner, the only other South African politician to vote against the parliamentary colour bar in 1909.

For further information see:
E.A. Walker rev. Lynn Milne (2004) ‘Sprigg, Sir (John) Gordon (1830-1913) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/36221
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