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May 27, 2008 |
The speaker at Gettysburg besides Lincoln was Edward Everett, not Edward Horton. You must have been thinking of Edward Everett Horton, the famous movie comedian.
You are exactly right, sir, and it's good to know that people listen closely to the show and that we're not just a murmuring presence. The windbag who preceded Lincoln was Edward Everett who, to his credit, knew immediately what Lincoln had accomplished and told him so. The story of the President's tardy invitation to speak at the Gettysburg National Cemetery dedication and the placement of him after the main speaker is a fascinating story in itself. The man was not held in high regard at that point.