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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Edward Everett Hale

Edward Everett Hale (1822 – 1909) was an American Unitarian clergyman, writer and proponent of the Social Gospel movement. He was a grand-nephew of Nathan Hale (1755-1776), the revolutionary War hero executed by the British for espionage.

His book Ten Times One is Ten, which was published in 1870 contained the motto "Look up and not down, look forward and not back, look out and not in, and lend a hand." The slogan later inspired the formation of 'Lend a Hand' clubs for young people.

For 43 years Hale was the minister of South Congregational Church in Boston. In 1903 he was appointed Chaplain of the United States Senate. Hale was asked in this capacity whether he prayed for the senators, whereby he replied,  "no I look at the senators and pray for the country."

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