Edward Everett Hale

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Hale, Edward Everett (3 April 1822 - 10 June 1909)

The son of Nathan Hale (1784 - 1863), proprietor and editor of the Boston Daily Advertiser, Edward Everett Hale was the nephew of Edward Everett, the orator and statesman, and grandnephew of Nathan Hale, the martyr spy of the American Revolution.

After graduating from Harvard in 1939, he was minister of the church of the Unity, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1846-1856 and then of the South Congregational (Unitarian) church in Boston from 1856 to 1899. In 1903 he became chaplain of the United States Senate

Hale published anonymously - in Atlantic Monthly - “The Man Without a Country,” a short novel which brought him much publicity and is still being read. The work helped strengthen the Union cause in the North and was so realistic readers assumed it to be a true story.

He originated the Lend-a-Hand clubs, was related to the patriot Nathan Hale, and once taught at Boston Latin School.

Van Wyck Brooks said that, when a chaplain, Hale was asked, “Do you pray for the Senators, Dr. Hale?” “No,” Hale responded, “I look at the Senators and pray for the country.”


Kansas and Nebraska (1854)
If, Yes, and Perhaps (1868)
The Ingham Papers (1869)
Sybaris and Other Homes (1869)
His Level Best, and Other Stories (1872)
In His Name (1873, novel)
Franklin in France (1887-8, biography, with his son Edward Jr.)
East and West (1892, novel)
New England Boyhood (1893, memoir)
James Russell Lowell and His Friends (1899)
Memories of a Hundred Years (1902)

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