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  • ID: I14434
  • Name: Charles Hale
  • Surname: Hale
  • Given Name: Charles
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 7 Jun 1831 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
  • Death: 1 Mar 1882 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
  • Burial: Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
  • _UID: 2FBFFAAAE21BD6118724B5B86A52743EFCF3
  • Note:
    !Charles Hale (Boston Latin School, Harvard College, 1850) was the son of
    Nathan and Sarah Preston (Everett) Hale, and the brother of Lucretia Peabody
    and Edward Everett Hale. His father was a nephew of the patriot Nathan Hale,
    and his mother was a sister of Edward Everett. After preparation at the Boston
    Latin School, Charles went to Harvard College in 1846. Before entering college
    he had become interested in the South Sea islands and had published in 1845
    "A Description of the Washington Islands," which was compiled from earlier
    writers. As an undergraduate he brought out "A Vocabulary of the Nukahiwa
    Language" (1848), the language spoken in the same archipelago. Known at
    Harvard as a good student and pleasant companion, he graduated in 1850 and
    immediately entered the office of his father, who was proprietor and editor
    of the Boston Daily Advertiser. In January, 1852 he founded Today: A Boston
    Literary Journal, for which he wrote voluminously during the one year before
    it failed. As junior editor of the Daily Advertiser he contributed an exposure
    of the manner in which Roman Catholic schools were being inspected by the
    Know-Nothing politicians of the state legislature's nunnery committee.
    Amplified and republished under the title "Our Houses are Our Castles" (1855),
    the pamphlet called public attention to him and aided in his election as
    a Republican to the General Court in the fall of 1855. He was reelected and
    in 1859 chosen speaker - the youngest member ever to hold that position. In
    the fall of 1861, owing to a serious illness, he traveled abroad and visited
    W.S. Thayer, a college classmate who had become consul-general in Egypt. On
    Thayer's death in 1864 Secretary of State Seward offered the position to Hale,
    who sold his interest in the Advertiser and reached Alexandria in August.
    There he found that Francis Dainese, the acting consul-general, had broken with
    the Egyptian government because claims of doubtful validity made by American
    protages had not been satisfied. Instructed by Seward to avoid all unnecessary
    disputes during the critical period of the Civil War, he disavowed the action
    of Dainese and reestablished friendly relations. Remaining in Egypt six years,
    he was active in the development of international tribunals to replace the old
    consular courts and was considered a favorite of the Khedive Ismail. In 1870
    he resigned because of ill health and spent the winter recuperating in England.
    On his return to Boston in 1871 he was at once elected to the state Senate
    but resigned in February, 1872 to become assistant secretary of state under
    Hamilton Fish. After two years of service, he resigned and again returned to
    Boston, where he was admitted to the bar on the strength of his experiance
    in presiding over consular courts. His faithful constituants sent him once
    more to the General Court, this time to the House of Representatives, where
    he served with distinction on the judiciary committee, but in July, 1876 he
    suffered a complete breakdown as a result of overwork in drafting bills - a
    task at which he was particularly expert. He accepted reelection in 1877 with
    the understanding that he would speak only in emergency. His strength of mind
    as well as of body gradually declined under repeated paralytic attacks until
    his death. He was a man of substantial ability and well-trained mind who wrote
    with clarity but without brilliance. In addition to many editorials in the
    Boston Daily Advertiser between 1850 and 1865, he contributed occasionally to
    the American Almanac and the North American Review. He also added a biography
    of the author to John Sterling's Onyx Ring (1856) and collaborated with his
    father in editing the Journal of Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of
    ....Massachusetts, 1820-1821 (1853) and with B.K. Pierce in a work with the
    same title covering the convention of 1788, published in 1856.
  • Change Date: 26 Jan 2017 at 12:59:43

    Father: Nathan Hale Honorable b: 16 Aug 1784 in Westhampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts
    Mother: Sarah Preston Everett b: 1796 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
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