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Edward Everett

Personal data
Date of birthApril 11, 1794
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
Date of deathJanuary 15, 1865(age 70)
Place of deathBoston, Massachusetts
Political partyWhig
SpouseCharlotte Gray Brooks
ChildrenAnne Gorham Everett
Charlotte Brooks Everett
Grace Webster Everett
Edward Brooks Everett
Henry Sidney Everett
William Everett
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationPolitician, educator
ReligionUnitarian
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts's 4th district
In officeMarch 4, 1825 - March 4, 1835
Succeeded bySamuel Hoar
Preceded byTimothy Fuller
15th Governor of Massachusetts
In officeJanuary 13, 1836 - January 18, 1840
LieutenantGeorge Hull
Succeeded byMarcus Morton
Preceded byJohn Davis (Governor)
Samuel Turell Armstrong (acting)
20th United States Secretary of State
In officeNovember 6, 1852 - March 4, 1853
PresidentMillard Fillmore
Succeeded byWilliam L. Marcy
Preceded byDaniel Webster
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In officeMarch 4, 1853 - June 1, 1854
Succeeded byJulius Rockwell
Preceded byJohn Davis

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Edward Everett (April 11, 1794 - January 15, 1865) was an American politician and educator from Massachusetts. Everett, a Whig, served as U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator, the 15th Governor of Massachusetts, Minister to Great Britain, and United States Secretary of State. He also taught at Harvard University and served as president of Harvard.

Everett was one of the great American orators of the ante-bellum and Civil War era. He is often remembered today as the featured orator at the dedication ceremony of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg in 1863, where he spoke for over two hours immediately before President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous, two-minute Gettysburg Address.


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