Edward Everett
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1794
Date of Death: 1865
Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Religion: Unitarian
Occupation: Politician, pastor, educator, diplomat
Spouse: Charlotte G. Brooks
Children: Six, three of whom predeceased him
Political Party: National Republican Party (Before 1834)
Whig Party (1834-1854)
Constitutional Union Party (1860-1864)
National Union Party (1864-1865)
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Massachusetts,
Governor of Massachusetts,
U.S. Secretary of State,
United States Senator from Massachusetts
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Date of Death: Unrevealed

Edward Everett (April 11, 1794 – January 15, 1865) was an American politician, pastor, educator, diplomat, and orator from Massachusetts. Everett, a Whig, served as U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, the 15th Governor of Massachusetts, Minister to Great Britain, and U.S. Secretary of State. He also taught at Harvard University and served as its president.

Everett was one of the great American orators of the antebellum and Civil War eras. He is often remembered today as the featured orator at the dedication ceremony of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in 1863, where he spoke for over two hours, immediately before President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous, two-minute Gettysburg Address.

Prior to the war, he had ran for Vice President on the Constitutional Union Party with John Bell in 1860. The ticket carried fourth place in the popular votes with 590,901 popular votes while carrying third in the electoral college, carrying 39 electoral votes from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Edward Everett in The Guns of the South[]

Edward Everett ran for Vice President of the United States in two consecutive elections. The first was in 1860 with John Bell of the Constitutional Union Party, the second was in 1864 with George McClellan's independent campaign. In both elections, the ticket containing Everett came in fourth in the popular vote, but third in the Electoral College. In 1864, the McClellan-Everett ticket carried 287,749 popular votes and carried ten electoral votes from Delaware and New Jersey.

Literary comment[]

While the name of McClellan's running mate is not revealed in the novel proper, the chart at the back of the book gives the name "Everett." Since all the other candidates in the election are historical figures, it is safe to assume that Harry Turtledove had Edward Everett in mind.

Political offices
Preceded by
Timothy Fuller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from Massachusetts' 4th congressional district
March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1835

Succeeded by
Levi Lincoln, Jr.
Preceded by
Samuel Turell Armstrong
as Acting Governor
Governor of Massachusetts
January 13, 1836 – January 18, 1840
Succeeded by
Marcus Morton
Preceded by
Daniel Webster
United States Secretary of State
November 6, 1852 – March 4, 1853
Succeeded by
William L. Marcy
Preceded by
Andrew Stevenson
United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Louis McLane
Preceded by
John Davis
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Massachusetts
March 4, 1853 – June 1, 1854
Served alongside: Charles Sumner
Succeeded by
Julius Rockwell
Party political offices
Preceded by
Andrew J. Donelson (American "Know Nothing" Party)
Constitutional Union and Whig Party vice presidential nominee
1860 (lost)
Party dissolved