George Driver family papers 1861-1875
Edward Everett was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, on April 11, 1794, the son of Oliver Everett and Lucy Hill. After earning a bachelor's degree from Harvard College in 1811 and a master's degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1814, he briefly preached at Boston's Brattle Street Church before attending Göttingen University in Germany, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1817. From 1819-1826, he taught Greek literature at Harvard. He served as Harvard's president from 1846-1849. Everett's political career included service in the United States House of Representatives (1825-1834), as Governor of Massachusetts (1836-1840), as a diplomat to Great Britain (1841-1845), as United States Secretary of State (1852-1853), and in the United States Senate (1853-1854). In 1860, he was the vice presidential candidate of the Constitutional Union Party. Everett married Charlotte Gray Brooks in 1822; they had six children. Edward Everett died on January 15, 1865.