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An American politician and educator from Massachusetts. Everett, a Whig, served as U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator, the 15th Governor of Massachusetts, Minister to Great Britain, and United States Secretary of State. He also taught at Harvard University and served as president of Harvard.
(1794 - 1865)

All the distinctive features and superiority of our republican institutions are derived from the teachings of Scripture.
 

An earthly immortality belongs to a great and good character. - History embalms it; it lives in its moral influence, in its authority, in its example, in the memory of its words and deeds.
[Fame]
 

An intelligent class can scarce ever be, as a class, vicious, and never, as a class, indolent. - The excited mental activity operates as a counterpoise to the stimulus of sense and appetite.
[Education]
 

And now the momentous day, a day to be forever remembered in the annals of the country, arrived. Early in the morning on the 1st of July the conflict began.
 

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
[Education]
 

General Reynolds immediately found himself engaged with a force which greatly outnumbered his own, and had scarcely made his dispositions for the action when he fell, mortally wounded, at the head of his advance.
 

God bless the Union; - it is dearer to us for the blood of brave men which has been shed in its defence.
 

I feel, as never before, how justly, from the dawn of history to the present time, men have paid the homage of their gratitude and admiration to the memory of those who nobly sacrifice their lives, that their fellow-men may live in safety and in honor.
 

I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
 

In conformity with these designs on the city of Washington, and notwithstanding the disastrous results of the invasion of 1862, it was determined by the Rebel government last summer to resume the offensive in that direction.
 

In Italy, on the breaking up of the Roman Empire, society might be said to be resolved into its original elements, - into hostile atoms, whose only movement was that of mutual repulsion.
 

It was appointed by law in Athens, that the obsequies of the citizens who fell in battle should be performed at the public expense, and in the most honorable manner.
 

Let a nation's fervent thanks make some amends for the toils and sufferings of those who survive.
 

Not a moment had been lost by General Hooker in the pursuit of Lee.
 

That a great battle must soon be fought no one could doubt; but, in the apparent and perhaps real absence of plan on the part of Lee, it was impossible to foretell the precise scene of the encounter.
 

The heart of the People, North and South, is for the Union.
 

There is no sanctuary of virtue like home.
 

There were speeches made in Congress in the very last session before the outbreak of the Rebellion, so ferocious as to show that their authors were under the influence of a real frenzy.
 

What subsists today by violence, continues tomorrow by acquiescence, and is perpetuated by tradition, till at last the hoary abuse shakes the gray hairs of antiquity at us, and gives itself out as the wisdom of ages.
[Antiquity]