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Edward Everett. After a painting from Alonzo Chappel. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-107689).

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Everett, Edward (11 April 1794–15 January 1865), statesman and orator, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the son of Oliver Everett, a clergyman and judge who died when Edward was eight years old, and Lucy Hill, a woman of inherited means. Everett attended Harvard College, graduating in 1811 with highest honors at what was (even for then) a young age. He took an M.A. in divinity in 1814 and was installed that year as minister to the Unitarian Brattle Street Church, then the most distinguished pulpit in Boston....

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Watson, Thomas Edward (05 September 1856–26 September 1922), political leader, orator, and author, was born about three miles north of Thomson, Georgia, the son of John Smith Watson, a planter, and Ann Eliza Maddox. At birth, he was christened Edward Thomas, but he eventually switched the two names as he grew older. Watson was educated at a local field school near Thomson and studied for two years (1872–1874) at Mercer University, a small Baptist school in Macon, Georgia. Although family finances made it impossible to complete his degree at Mercer, Watson did develop an intense appreciation for oratory as a member of the Phi Delta debating society. Leaving Mercer after his sophomore year, Watson taught for two years at Central Warrior Academy, a country school in rural Scriven County, Georgia; but he returned to Thomson to study law privately in the nearby city of Augusta. He was licensed to practice law on 19 October 1875....