He was born in Northbridge, Massachusetts, in 1810 to Adolphus Spring (1772–1847) and Lydia Taft (1772–1838) and attended Uxbridge Academy. In 1831 he moved to New York City and was a cotton merchant. He married Rebecca Buffum (1812–1911) on October 16, 1836. The Springs were the traveling companions of feminist author Margaret Fuller during Fuller's tour of Europe in 1846 and 1847.
Around 1850 he became a stockholder in the North American Phalanx in Red Bank, New Jersey. He started the Raritan Bay Union, as a utopian community in 1853. It closed in 1860 and he started the Eagleswood Military Academy in 1861. His son was Edward A. Spring, a sculptor.
- New York Times; August 22, 1874; Obituary; Marcus Spring
- Richard C. S. Trahair; Utopias and Utopians: An Historical Dictionary ISBN 0-313-29465-8
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