Edward Everett Hale - Boston, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 21.271 W 071° 04.127
19T E 329619 N 4691211
Quick Description: A statue of author, Unitarian minister, scholar, and patriot, Edward Everett Hale, is located on the east side of the Boston Public Gardens near Charles Street in Boston, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 9/2/2014 11:33:38 AM
Waymark Code: WMMCZA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:

Edward Everett Hale was born in Boston on April 3, 1822. After graduation from Harvard College, he spent three years teaching, reporting, and traveling for the railroad, while reading and studying for the divinity. He applied to the American Unitarian Society and was granted “a license to preach.”

After several interim ministries, he became the pastor of the Unitarian Church in Worcester, MA. There he advocated the cause of refugee relief, Irish immigration, and against the expansion of slavery. In 1856, he became the pastor of the Second Congregational Church in Boston where he remained for 43 years. Hale became an ardent supporter for the abolition of slavery and ultimately the Civil War. During the Civil War he wrote the famous short story A Man Without a Country as a response to those who were reluctant to support the war effort.

During the Civil War, Edward Everett Hale served on the Sanitary Commission with the Reverend Henry Bellows and Clara Barton. In 1886, Hale founded the monthly publication Lend a Hand which lead to the formation of the Lend a Hand Society of charitable clubs. He wrote many articles for periodical, including the North American Review, the Atlantic Monthly, the Christian Register, the Outlook. He is the author or editor of more than sixty books of fiction, travel, sermons, biography and history.

An 8' high by 3' diameter bronze sculpture of Edward Everett Hale stands on a 4' high by 6' diameter granite base in the middle of a 20' diameter plaza. Hale is wearing a calf-length overcoat and is leaning on a cane in his right hand while holding his hat in his left hand. The sculpture was created by Bela Lyon Pratt, cast at the Gorham Manufacturing Company and dedicated on March 3, 1913.

The bronze plinth is inscribed: EDWARD EVERETT HALE

The inscribed in the plaza around the monument:

1882 - 1909 - MAN OF LETTERS -PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL - PROPHET OF PEACE - PATRIOT

Most famous publications:

Unitarian journal Old and New.
“My Double and How He Undid Me” (1859)
“The Man Without a Country,” in The Atlantic Monthly (1863)
If, Yes, and Perhaps (1868)
The Ingham Papers (1869)
Sybaris and Other Homes (1869)
His Level Best (1872)
In His Name (1873)
East and West (1892)

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