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Jared Sparks (17891866)


Sparks corresponded with Bushrod Washington while preparing The Writings of George Washington.


Jared Sparks was born on 10 May 1789 in Willington, Connecticut. A modest upbringing delayed his education, and he did not enter Harvard College until his early twenties. Following graduation, he worked as a science tutor at Harvard, edited the North American Review, held a Baltimore ministry in the Unitarian Church, and served as chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.


"Jared Sparks." Dictionary of American Biography, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Gale In Context: U.S. History, Accessed 14 May 2023.

"Jared Sparks to Thomas Jefferson, 12 November 1817," Founders Online, National Archives, [Original source: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series, vol. 12, 1 September 1817 to 21 April 1818, ed. J. Jefferson Looney. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014, pp. 188–189.]

Randall Broxton, "Jared Sparks: Writing Washington," National Park Service.

Judy Jackson, Laura M. Gossman, and Janet Heywood, "Jared Sparks (1789–1866)," Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Jared Sparks at Find a Grave.

Jared Sparks at FamilySearch.