John Everett, a lawyer of Canton, Mass., was born in Foxboro, May 16, 1852, and is the son of Colonel John Metcalf Everett and Elizabeth Morse Barrett Everett. His great-grandfather, John Everett (an uncle of Edward Everett, Governor of Massachusetts, and his brother, Alexander H. Everett, lawyer and diplomatist), lived in Stoughton and Dedham previous to the Revolutionary War, in which he served as Captain, in Dorchester and other places, and in Rhode Island. When Foxboro was set off as a town, he was the first Selectman and Representative to the General Court. He held the place of Representative for many years, and died in Foxboro.
Colonel John M. Everett, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Foxboro in 1803. He carried on the business of straw manufacturer for many years, and on retiring from that enterprise he bought the hotel called the Halfway House, where he resided several years, holding court as a Justice and carrying on a farm. He was also Selectman and Representative. In politics he was a Republican. He had charge of the schools of Foxboro for some years. As civil engineer he made the map of the town. lie was a prominent man in military matters, was Colonel of the Second Regiment, Massachusetts Militia, and also served on the General's staff. He married Elizabeth Morse Barrett, a lady of culture and refinement, daughter of Amos Barrett, and they had these children: Metcalf, named after his grandfather, Captain Metcalf Everett; John, the subject of this sketch;. and Elizabeth. Metcalf Everett died in New York City, where he was engaged in business. On the death of the Hon. M. Everett, who was a prominent lawyer in Wrentham, Colonel John M. Everett removed to that place; and there he died in April, 1883, at the advanced age of eighty years.
John Everett, the subject of this sketch, received his early education in the Foxboro high School, graduating in 1868, while that school was under the supervision of his father, and in New York. He taught school a few years as principal of large grammar schools. The Everett School, it may be mentioned, where Richard Olney, Attorney General of the United States during President Cleveland's second administration once taught, now bears the family name, by vote of the town, in honor of the father and son, both former teachers of this school. In. 1876 Mr. Everett commenced the study of law with Ellis Ames, Esq., of Canton, and in 1879 was admitted as an attorney and counselor-at-law to practice in all the courts.. He has since been in active practice in Canton, succeeding Mr. Ames, and occupying his noted office. In politics he is a Republican. He has served as Moderator, School Committee, Auditor of Public Accounts, Town Treasurer, chairman of Selectmen, and chairman of the Water Commissioners. For the past five years he has been chairman of the Committee, of Fifteen on Recommendations to the Town,. and is now honorably retired by rule of the town, fixing this limit. Mr. Everett is a member of the Masonic Lodge, and has been trustee of the Odd Fellows Lodge for several years. He is also president and director of the Co-operative Bank, and takes a deep interest in the peace, industry, prosperity, and happiness of the people. Mr. Everett has never married.
REVIEW, Volume XXV.
Containing life sketches of leading citizens of Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Pub. Boston, Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1898
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