Edward Everett Hale was born on April 3, 1822, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He was a son of Nathan Hale, a journalist, owner and editor of the Boston Daily Advertiser, and Sarah Preston Everett, an author.
Born into one of the most prominent families in Boston, Hale had famous relatives from both sides. So, he was a nephew of Edward Everett, a politician and orator, and grand-nephew of Nathan Hale, a hero of the American Revolutionary War. Richard Everett and Helen Keller were also his ancestors.
Lucretia Peabody Hale, Susan Hale, and Charles Hale, three of six Edward’s siblings, became notable personalities as well.