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Edward Everett Hale

Artist:

Bela Lyon Pratt

Location:

Boston Public Garden, near Charles St.  

Location

Boston Public Garden, near Charles St.
United States
42° 21' 16.218" N, 71° 4' 7.608" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1913

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

The writer and Unitarian minister Edward Everett Hale came from a family with a fascinating past. His great uncle, Nathan Hale, was executed for espionage against the British during the Revolutionary War, and another uncle, Edward Everett, had a long political career in both the Massachusetts state and federal governments. Through his wife’s family, Hale was also related to Harriett Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Hale distinguished himself first as a clergyman and later as a writer. He edited the Boston Daily Advertiser as well as other periodicals, and he authored a variety of works, from historical biographies to short stories and essays. An opponent of slavery, he was also a leader in the Social Gospel movement, which advocated for social reform in areas like labor, education, and sanitation. During the last several years of his life, Hale served as Chaplain for the US Senate. This 1913 bronze statue was sculpted by Bela Lyon Pratt and was financed through publicly donated funds. Pratt has portrayed Hale as an older man in a naturalistic pose. He is not depicted preaching or writing—the activities for which he was best known—but instead seems to be enjoying a moment alone, perhaps on a slightly labored stroll through a garden.

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