Edward Everett Returns to the First Parish
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EDWARD EVERETT returns to the First Parish in Dorchester on Saturday Afternoon, November 2 at 4 P.M. JIM COOKE will appear as Edward Everett in this FREE event.
Everett was one of the most important public figures to come out of Dorchester. Born in 1794 at the corner of Columbia Road and Boston Street, his family was among the leading members of the First Parish.
He graduated from Harvard, first in his class, at the age 17. After accepting an appointment as Minister to the Brattle Street Church, the most prestigious church in Boston, he soon resigned and accepted a position at Harvard University. He traveled and studied in Europe, becoming the first American to obtain an advanced degree - Doctor of Philosophy – from Gottingen University. On his return he became Professor of Greek at Harvard. Other accomplishments: • Congressman and Governor of Massachusetts, Secretary of State , US Senator , Minister to Court of St. James , President Harvard University
After Lincoln was elected, Everett became a strong advocate for the Union Cause.
And HE GAVE THE OTHER GETTYSBURG ADDRESS.
Everett's was the first statue erected in the Boston Public Garden. In 1911 it was moved to near his birth site in Dorchester.
For over 30 years he has been performing what he calls solo history. His work has resulted in a shift of deeply held opinion regarding the men he portrays and changed text book entries. As a young man he had set a course as an actor anticipating the drama of the stage in the works of O'Neill, Williams, Inge, Miller, Shakespeare, Shaw and some other playwright whose last name begins with 'S'. He does not know exactly when it happened but at some point in the late 1950s he believes he was abducted and subsequently compelled to lead past lives. Details of this abduction are scanty and it's possible it never happened. Yet something happened resulting in four out-of-body experiences. Now and again Cooke has tried to break the spell and return to the simple life of the thespian. Four New England men make up Cooke's quartet of Cranky Yankees. They are: Calvin Coolidge, Daniel Webster, Edward Everett and John Quincy Adams. With the exception of Webster they are History's Outliers. Insignificant non-entities who failed to cause wars.
SPONSORED BY THE FIRST PARISH IN COOPERATION WITH THE DORCHESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND THE MEETINGHOUSE HILL RONAN PARK REUNION
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