Spring was educated at Burr and Burton Seminary and Williams College, Massachusetts. After graduation from Williams in 1863, he attended Hartford Theological Seminary and graduated in 1866. He became an ordained minister and spent nine years in various positions as a pastor in Massachusetts before moving to Lawrence, Kansas in 1875. In Kansas, he became the pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church. In 1881, he resigned in order to take up a position as professor of English literature at the University of Kansas, where he produced his main work, Kansas: Prelude to the War For The Union (1885), which was published as part of the Commonwealth series produced by Houghton-Mifflin. In 1886, he returned to Williams College as a professor of Rehetoric. Spring also published many scholarly articles in Lippincott's Magazine and other literary and historical periodicals.
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Kansas: Prelude to the War For The Union
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