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lTniversity. I lere he,eontinuecl his postgrarluate work in the lbepart-
ment of .fXmeriean Ilistory, which worlc hacl alreacly heen hegun in a
Summer Session at Ilarvarfl Lfnirersity ancl was eontinuerl in l..llll'Zl-
ries in Washington, in il'l21IlllllOl'C,i in lioston. As leeturer in the Iix-
tension llepartment of Chicago llniversity, later as l'rolessor ol
Aineriean Ilistory ancl Dean of the University College, liaving' taken
his rloetorate in l'hilosophy in IQOO, he came to lill a large plaee in the
ln ISQO, a little hefore his coming' 'lor his Iirst periocl of service
here, I Joetor Sparks was marriecl to Miss Katherine Cotton, claughter
of the late D. D. Cotton, MQIJ., of Portsmoiuth, Ohio, who was
cleseenclecl from a long line of ancestors prominent in early New 'ling-
lanrl history. They have one claughter-Miss lithel. who was graclu-
atecl from this College with the class of IQI6.
Ifor the last rlozen years aclministrative fluties anrl puhlie speak-
ing' have oeeupiecl Iloetor Sparks' ti111e ancl energiesg hut there were
years cluring' his resiclenee in tlhieago when he gave promise of resting
his principal elaim to lame on his sueeess as historian ancl author. In
rapicl succession there issuecl from his 'facile pen, "'I'he1 Iixpansion of
the f'X111C1'iC21H IiC011IC'H 1809: "'I'he Man Who Iylacle the Nation,"
19oog Ml'ltJl'lllZlllVC Incidents in American Iliploinaeyf' 19021 t"I'he
tfniterl States of fN11101'ie21," in two volumes, 19043 't'l'he Capture of
XVilIiam loIl11S0l1.H N062 i"I'he National Development from 1377 to
1885" 1907: and "ICng'lish Settlements in Illinois," 1907.
lly the rleath of Iloetoir .fXtherton in june, IQO6, the I'ennsylvania
State College was left without a I'resiclent. .Xlter a11 Il1lCI'I'Cg'I1l1ll1 ot'
almost two years, the Trustees unanimously eallecl to the position Ihr.
Sparks. then Ijl'0I.C5SU1' of American History in the Lfniversity of
Chicago. 'I'he twelve years that lic lyctyyggii those clays anml these may
well he termed the era ol expansion in the history of this institution.
HQ has seen his 'faculty grow from no to over '5oog the nuinher of
SIWICMS Ill 1110 1'Cs'11If11' CUIICQC Courses from ooo to approximately
3.2011 'IIO IIIIN is tIl1C the 'louiicling ol the ,Xnnual t'onIerenee ol Iligh
School I'rineipals, the lloarcl of I'll'CSl11ll!lll .XcIvisors, of which lor
years he was Chairman, the Annual CQonI'erenCe ot' Rural I'reaehers,
...,, ef? Q5 feffi ,E "T?ii3,'j9'bfree-1,Es1.5,'3
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' 6win'1Erle Sparks
llv XVll,I.l.-XXI llxv f,lNOCTKli'l"I'
'lidwin lirle Sparks was horn near Newark, Ol1io, July '16, ISOO,
tl1e o11ly child of lidwin lf. Sparks Zllltl 1:1110 lirle Dodd, hoth of Wlltllll
were desce11ded from tl1e lirst families lllllt settled Virginia. 'I'l1c
son of a farnier, he received his earliest education at a district school
tlll'CC 111iles tllfililllt from l1is l1o111e. At tl1e age ol Hill l1e removed witl1
l1is 1JZll'ClllS to l,ondon, Ohio, where, i11 tl1e Graded School, Zllltl later
i11 the l ligh School, he co111pleted l1is ele111e11tary education. llut not
'without llllCl'1'llIJlflOIlQ for circumstances rendering' necessary self help
hy l1is own hands, l1e wo1'ked for a wl1ile i11 a printing' estahlisl1n1e11t.
gaining' a ki11d of knowledge that was to stand him i11 good stead, as
l1e further pursued his studies.
I11 1879, at the age ot' 1lll1ClCCll, he entered tl1e l'1'epa1'ato1'y Depart-
Illtflll of tl1e Ohio XVesleyan University, a11d the next year he hecame :1
ineinher ol the il:1'CSlll'll2l1l Class of that institution. ,ln 1881, that he
niight tl1e hetter work his way through College, he entered tl1e Sopho-
more Class of the Ohio State Lfniversity, whence he was grarliiated
with the l Degree of llachelor of Arts in 1884. 'llhe quality of his schol-
arship as an lllltlCl'g'l'2lCll1ZllC is hest attested hy the fact that seventeen
years later, on the estahlishinent of a chapter of lfhi Beta Kappa at
tl1e Ohio State University, lidxvin Sparks was one of the le-w Zllllllllll
elected to lllCllllD'Cl'Slll1J.
O11 his graduation from the Ohio State University he entered
upon his career as an educator, although for two years previous to his
gracluatioii he had taught history in the l'rep1aratory liepartment of
tl1e L'11iversity. 'llllCll successively and successfully, l1e became l11-
structor in ,History Ellltl .linglisli ,l.llCl'1lllll'C in tl1e lligh School of
llortsniouth, Ohio: ilil'lllCl17Zl.l of this Schoolg Superintendent of the
l'uhlic Schools of Nli2ll'tll1iS lierry, Ohio.
lin ISQO, Superintendent Sparks hccame Principal of tl1e l,l'CD1ll'Il-
tory lbepartnient of this College, fllltl here he reniaincd until 1895,
when he entered tl1e University Iixtension ,llepartnient ol' Cliicago
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the Inter-'Ifraternity Council, ztncl the li'uhlieity llepztrtnient ol the Col-
lege. lle was 'for Z1 while the Acting' Dean ol' the School ol Liherztl
.Xrts, Z1 lter its lorinzttion in 1909. flile has wzttehecl the growth of the
College-plztnt in the erection ol nmny suhstztntiztl clepztrtntentztl huilcl-
ings. But it is flouhtless in the lonnclzttion :mil successful growth ol'
the Sununer Session that he has most largely stzunpetl his impress upon
tl1e College. From un initial enrollment in 19.10 of 153 students, he
has watched it clevelop to Z1 normal ZIVCFZIQC enrollment of l',OOO.
Successful as teacher, vers:1tile us author, populzu' :ts lecturer, un-
tiring' as zulministrator, lloetor Sparks will take with hint as he retires
from the presicleney the goocl wishes of his hoys :incl girls of Il clozen
elztsses and more, zuul the hope ol' all eonueetecl with the institution
that long' years ol' usefulness nizty yet he his in the emeritus position '
upon which llc enters.
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