Edward Sparrow

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Edward Sparrow
Confederate States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
February 18, 1862 – May 10, 1865
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1810-12-29)December 29, 1810
Dublin, United Kingdom
(now Ireland)
Died July 4, 1882(1882-07-04) (aged 71)
Franklin, Louisiana, US
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Kenyon College

Edward Sparrow (December 29, 1810 – July 4, 1882) was an immensely wealthy cotton planter and a prominent Confederate States of America politician.

Sparrow was born in Dublin, Ireland. He represented Louisiana in the Provisional Confederate Congress from 1861 to 1862. Sparrow was a deputy (representative) in the Provisional Confederate Congress. He was a Senator from Louisiana in both the First Confederate Congress and the Second Confederate Congress, serving from 1862 to 1865.

He was one of just eight men to be members of the Confederate Congress from its beginning to its end. For the entire war he was chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs.[1]

He was the wealthiest man in the Confederate Government and one of the wealthiest in the entire South. The 1860 Census cites his wealth at $1.2 million, which would be comparable to being a billionaire today.

In the 1860 census he is listed as having four land holdings, one in Concordia Parish, Louisiana and three in East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, including the Arlington Plantation in Lake Providence, Louisiana. Even in 1880, after the war, East Carroll Parish was the most productive cotton-growing parish or county in the nation. He owned Arlington from the 1850s until his death, and is buried in the family cemetery there.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b East Carroll Parish Historical Society in cooperation with Louisiana Division of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (April 1980). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation: Historic Resources of Lake Providence" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Lake Providence Multiple Resource Area" (PDF). State of Louisiana's Division of Historic Preservation. 1980. Retrieved June 3, 2017.  with four photos and two maps
Confederate States Senate
New constituency Confederate States Senator (Class 3) from Louisiana
Served alongside: Thomas Semmes
Constituency abolished