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Everett House
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 The Everett House was built about 1745 by Robert Oliver.

The house was later acquired by Oliver Everett and family. Oliver Everett was born in South Dedham, went to Harvard, graduating in 1779. He studied divinity and took a post at New South Church, Boston. He belonged to the liberal wing of Congregational body and was a good friend of Dr. James Freeman of King's Chapel who carried his congregation over to Unitarianism in 1787. Poor health caused Everett to resign in 1792. He married Lucy Hill, daughter of Alexander Hill of Boston. They already had 3 children when they bought the large colonial house at Five Corners which had been built 20 years earlier by a Royalist of some distinction, Colonel Robert Oliver. Edward Everett was born here on April 1, 1794. Oliver died in 1802, leaving his wife and eight children. He had been a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. After Oliver's death, Mrs. Everett moved the family to Boston.

Edward Everett
Edward Everett House
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 Edward Everett (1794-1865), was an American statesman, educator, and orator, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard University and the University of Gottingen, Germany. Everett was the editor of the North American Review from 1820 until 1824. In 1825 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served for ten years. He was governor of Massachusetts from 1836 to 1840. The following year he was appointed U.S. Minister to Great Britain, returning to the U.S. in 1845 to become president of Harvard University, a position he held from 1846 to 1849. Everett served as Secretary of State (1852-53) under President Millard Fillmore and as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts from 1853 to 1854. In 1860 he ran unsuccessfully for the vice-presidency on the ticket of the Constitutional Union party as the running mate of John Bell of Tennessee. His orations, including the one he delivered at Gettysburg just before Lincoln's Address, were published in four volumes (1850-92).

Edward?s brother Alexander Hill Everett was also part of the family while they lived in Dorchester. Alexander Hill Everett was graduated at Harvard in 1806 at the age of 14 with the highest honors of his class, although the youngest of its members.

He studied law with John Quincy Adams, whom in 1809 he accompanied to Russia, residing for two years in his family, attached to the legation. At the close of the war between the United States and Great Britain, Governor Eustis, of Massachusetts, was appointed minister to the Netherlands, and Mr. Everett went with him as secretary of legation, but after a year of service returned home. On the retirement of Governor Eustis he was appointed his successor, with the rank of charge d'affaires, and held this post from 1818 till 1824. In 1825-18299 he was minister to Spain, after which he returned home and, obtaining a controlling interest in the North American Review, to which he had, during the editorship of his brother Edward, been one of the chief contributors. From 1830 till 1835 he sat in the legislature of Massachusetts. His political fortunes plummeted when, after serving in the state legislature, Everett switched parties from Whig to Democrat and was blamed for his brother Edward's loss in his bid for reelection as governor in 1839. In 1840 he resided, as a confidential agent of the United States, in the Island of Cuba, and while there was appointed president of Jefferson College, Louisiana, but was soon obliged by failing health to return to New England. On the return of Caleb Cushing from his mission to China, Mr. Everett was appointed commissioner to that empire, and sailed for Canton, 4 July 1845. He was detained by illness at Rio Janeiro, and returned home, but in the summer of 1846 made a second and more successful attempt to reach his destination, and died in Macao. Mr. Everett's first published compositions appeared in the "Monthly Anthology," the vehicle of the Anthology club of Boston, which consisted of George Ticknor, William Tudor, Dr. Bigelow and Rev. J. S. J. Gardiner, Alexander H. Everett, and Rev. Messrs. Buckminster, Thacher, and Emerson.


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