Pres­i­dent Lincoln’s effort to reunite a nation torn in half by the long, bloody Civil War is con­sid­ered one of the greatest speeches in Amer­ican his­tory. But Lin­coln wasn’t even the keynote speaker that day at Get­tys­burg. That honor belonged to Edward Everett of Boston. He was a former Con­gressman, Sen­ator, Gov­ernor of Mass­a­chu­setts and Pres­i­dent of Har­vard Uni­ver­sity. He’s also the name­sake of Everett Square in Dorchester.


Richard Katula, pro­fessor North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and author of The Elo­quence of Edward Everett.

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