Please provide a character sketch of Dr. Edward Everett Hale.  

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Edward Everett Hale, (1822- 1909), a prolific writer and a Unitarian minister,was from a prominent, influential, Boston-based family.  His lineage includes Nathan Hale, a hero in the War for Independence, Edward Everett, a famous diplomat, and his father, Nathan Hale, who spend a good deal of his adult life as the editor of the “Boston Daily Advertiser.”

From a young age, he was a scholar who entered Harvard University at thirteen years old before embarking on a writing career that spanned over 70 years. Although he may be most famous for his short story, “The Man Without a Country,” he wrote many novels, essays, newspaper articles, and Unitarian journals. He focused on liberal, anti-slavery topics, which appeared in magazines such as the “North American Review,” the “Atlantic Monthly,” and the “Christian Examiner.” “The Man Without a Country” was written in 1846 during the Civil War in an effort to increase patriotism. In many of his fiction works, he wrote in the realistic fantasy genre.

His writing career continued during his time as a Unitarian minister. He used his ministry to promote his liberal views, which included the need for education for Blacks and for world peace.

Late in life, his acted as the chaplain of the United States Senate.