21 May 2011

Edward Everett Hale in Boston, Massachusetts

The statue of Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) stands close to the duckling sculpture near the Charles Street entrance to the Public Garden in Boston. Hale was a writer, historian and Unitarian clergyman who was born in Boston. A child prodigy, at the age of 13 he entered Harvard College, where he graduated four years later: he was thought of as the class poet.

Hale married Emily Baldwin Perkins, a niece of Harriet Beecher Stowe's, and like Stowe was a staunch abolitionist. He preached in the South Congregational Church in Boston, and is now perhaps best known for his patriotic work The Man without a Country, which was published in The Atlantic in 1853, and can be read here.

Bela Lyon Pratt (1867-1917) sculpted this, and also sculpted the Nathaniel Hawthorne statue in Salem, Massaachusetts.

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