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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,
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