H-SC President, 1845-1847
Educated in South Carolina, he had been the first professor of ancient languages at Davidson College from 1837 to 1841. Having previously been pastor of nearby Briery Church, he was well known in the Hampden-Sydney community. In 1841 he became pastor of both College Church and the Farmville Presbyterian Church and was elected a Trustee of the College. When another candidate declined election to succeed William Maxwell, the Board turned to this old friend.
Sparrow did what he could, helping to secure some solid faculty, but for reasons now unknown, some of his fellow Trustees had quickly grown unhappy with Sparrow's performance. In July 1847 Sparrow resigned; he spent the remainder of his life in pastorates in Alabama.