Biography of Edward Everett


Everett, Edward. Born in 1794. American author and statesman. Became professor of Greek at Harvard in 1815. Traveled in Europe from 1815 to 1818. Became editor of the "North American Review," and was a member of Congress from 1824 to 1834. Governor of Massachusetts from 1835 to 1839. From 1840 to 1845, minister-plenipotentiary to England, in which capacity Everett succeeded in adjusting several delicate matters. He became secretary of state in 1852, and was elected to the senate in 1853. He wrote "The Dirge of Alaric the Visigoth" (a poem), lives of Washington and General Stark, and other works, but was best known as an orator. Died 1865.