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date: 07 December 2019

Hale, John Parkerlocked

(31 March 1806–19 November 1873)
  • Donald B. Cole

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Hale, John Parker (31 March 1806–19 November 1873), senator and diplomat, was born in Rochester, New Hampshire, the son of John Parker Hale, a lawyer, and Lydia C. O’Brien. On the death of her husband in 1819, Hale’s mother took her thirteen children to Eastport, Maine, to live near her relatives and supported her family by taking in boarders. Despite the expense, she sent fourteen-year-old John to Phillips Exeter Academy in 1820 and to Bowdoin College in 1823. Although Hale was not an outstanding student, his cleverness carried him through scholastically, while his heartiness and resonant speaking voice made him a strong debater. After graduating in 1827, he trained for several years in law offices in Rochester and Dover, New Hampshire, before embarking on a successful law career in Dover in 1830. In 1834 he married Lucy Lambert; they had two children....

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