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The Edward Everett Hale House

Edward Everett Hale House

Edward Everett Hale, a statesman and orator, lived in this Greek Revival house in Roxbury.Mr. Hale, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, was quite active in United States government and education as well. Educated at Harvard University and Gottingen, Germany, Everett served in the House of Representatives for ten years, was president of Harvard from 1846 to 1849, governor of Massachusetts for three years (1836-1840), Secretary of State for the four last months of president Fillmore’s administration, and a senator from Massachusetts from 1853 to 1854. In addition to the high positions that he held, Edward also edited The North American Review from 1820 to 1824. Edward Everett Hale is well known for his oration delivered at Gettysburg before the sixteenth president of the United States-Abraham Lincoln.

A Unitarian clergyman and well-known humanitarian reformer, Hale was also the author of The Man Without a Country, as well as other popular novels. The house was built on Highland Street in 1841 during Roxbury’s early period of suburban growth, and was moved to this location between 1899 and 1906. Historic Boston Incorporated restored the exterior from 1985 to 1992 with funds from the Boston Redevelopment Authority.