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Sparks, William Andrew Jackson

Leonard Schlup

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Sparks, William Andrew Jackson (19 November 1828–07 May 1904), congressman and commissioner of the General Land Office, was born near New Albany, Indiana, the son of Baxter Sparks and Elizabeth Gwin, farmers. Sparks moved with his family to Macoupin County, Illinois, in 1836. He was orphaned, which threw the teenaged youth on his own resources and forced him to work on neighboring farms during the summers and study at public schools in the winter months. Eventually, Sparks taught school for a period of time, and he also secured an appointment as assistant clerk of the Illinois House of Representatives. In 1850 he graduated from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. After reading law with ...

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Subjects: US Politics

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