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Edward Everett Hale Real-Photograph Postcard

Edward Everett Hale, Real-Photo Postcard, published by "The Rotograph Co., New York," Photograph taken from an original Photo Negative, print at bottom-right of photo B455.

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Markings in lower margin, as shown, with stamp and remnants on back, removed from album. Edward Everett Hale (1822 " 1909), was an American Author, Historian and Unitarian Clergyman.



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Edward Everett Hale (1822 " 1909), was an American author, historian and Unitarian clergyman. He was a child prodigy who exhibited extraordinary literary skills and at age thirteen was enrolled at Harvard University where he graduated second in his class. Hale would go on to write for a variety of publications and periodicals throughout his lifetime. At the age of thirteen Edward Hale enrolled in Harvard, as the youngest in the class of 1839. While there he settled in with the literary set, won two Bowdoin prizes, and was considered the Class Poet. He graduated second in his class.

Hale was pastor of the Church of the Unity, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1846-1856, and of the South Congregational (Unitarian) Church, Boston, in 1856-1899. He was licensed to preach by the Boston Association of Ministers and in 1846 was settled in the Church of the Unity in Worcester.

In 1903 he became Chaplain of the United States Senate. Hale married Emily Baldwin Perkins in 1852; she was the niece of Connecticut Governor and U.S. Senator Roger Sherman Baldwin and Emily Pitkin Perkins Baldwin on her father's side and Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Ward Beecher on her mother's side.

Combining a forceful personality, organizing genius, and liberal practical theology, Hale was active in raising the tone of American life for half a century. He had a deep interest in the anti-slavery movement, as well as popular education, and the working-man's home. He was a constant and voluminous contributor to newspapers and magazines. He published a wide variety of works in fiction, history and biography.

He used his writings and the two magazines he founded, Old and New (1870"75) and Lend a Hand (1886"97), to advance a number of social reforms including religious tolerance, the abolition of slavery and education reforms. Hale edited the Christian Examiner, Old and New (which he assisted in founding in 1869 and which merged with Scribner's Magazine in 1875), Lend a Hand (which he founded in 1886 and which merged with the Charities Review in 1897), and the Lend a Hand Record.

Throughout his life he contributed a many articles on a variety of subjects to the periodicals of his day including the North American Review, the Atlantic Monthly, the Christian Register, the Outlook, and many more. He was the author or editor of more than sixty books"fiction, travel, sermons, biography and history. Hale first came to notice as a writer in 1859, when he contributed the short story "My Double and How He Undid Me" to the Atlantic Monthly.

He soon published other stories in the same periodical. The best known of these was "The Man Without a Country" (1863), which did much to strengthen the Union cause in the North, and in which, as in some of his other non-romantic tales, he employed a minute realism which led his readers to suppose the narrative a record of fact. These two stories and such others as "The Rag-Man and the Rag-Woman" and "The Skeleton in the Closet," gave him a prominent position among short-story writers of 19th century America.

His short story "The Brick Moon", serialized in the Atlantic Monthly, is the first known fictional description of an artificial satellite. It was possibly an influence on the novel The Begum's Fortune by Jules Verne. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1865. The story "Ten Times One is Ten" (1870), with its hero Harry Wadsworth, contained the motto, first enunciated in 1869 in his Lowell Institute lectures: "Look up and not down, look forward and not back, look out and not in, and lend a hand." This motto was the basis for the formation of Lend-a-Hand Clubs, Look-up Legions and Harry Wadsworth Clubs for young people. Out of the romantic Waldensian story "In His Name" (1873) there similarly grew several other organizations for religious work, such as King's Daughters, and King's Sons. Hale once said, "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do and, by the grace of God, I shall do." Hale is buried at the Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory of Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. A life-size likeness in bronze statue memorializing the man and his works stands in the Boston Public Garden.
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