Everett, Edward (1794 – 1865). Autograph personal letter signed, ink on paper, one page, while he was Governor of Massachusetts, 1 January 1839. “I would be pleased to have two or three dozen copies of my address for distribution among my friends. Written from Sumner Street. Fold creases, but the condition is otherwise fine.
A Unitarian pastor, a U.S. Representative, a U. S. senator, the fifteenth Governor of Massachusetts, the Ambassador to Great Britain, U.S. Secretary of State, a professor at Harvard University, and Harvard’s president, Edward Everett was also the invited speaker at the dedication of the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in November 1863, where he spoke for two hours. At the same occasion, President Lincoln spoke for only two minutes, eliciting this comment from Everett: “I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.”
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