Biography and History

Edward Everett, an American statesman, was born in Dorchester, Mass., on April 11, 1794. He graduated from Harvard University in 1811. He was elected to Congress (1825-1835), and served as governor of Massachusetts (1836-1840), United States Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Great Britain (1841-1845), president of Harvard University (1846-1849), secretary of state (1852-1853), and United States senator (1853-1854). He died in Boston on January 15, 1865.

Source: From the finding aid for C1050

  • William E. Potter Diary. 1859-1862 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC323

    This diary was written by William E. Potter during his years at Harvard (law degree, 1861) and Princeton (B.A., 1863). For the most part the entries are daily with astute and observant comments on many of the public figures and events of this time. Among the more interesting entries are comments and descriptions of the Women's Rights Convention in Boston in 1860, the Massachusetts state prison; the election and inauguration of Abraham Lincoln; the surrender of Fort Sumter; the Battle of Bull Run; "pumping" (dunking) of Princeton students favoring secession; his religious awakening; and a final entry that reads simply "Enlisted."

  • Edward Everett Collection. 1828-1865 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1050

    Consists of selected correspondence of the nineteenth-century American statesman Edward Everett.