The Eloquence of Edward Everett

Edward Everett, 1794-1865. (Wikicommons)

Edward Everett, 1794-1865. (Wikicommons)

President Lincoln’s effort to reunite a nation torn in half by the long, bloody Civil War is considered one of the greatest speeches in American history. But Lincoln wasn’t even the keynote speaker that day at Gettysburg. That honor belonged to Edward Everett of Boston. He was a former Congressman, Senator, Governor of Massachusetts and President of Harvard University. He’s also the namesake of Everett Square in Dorchester.


Richard Katula, professor Northeastern University and author of The Eloquence of Edward Everett.

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