Charles Edwards Lester

Historian, Author

1815 – 1890

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Who was Charles Edwards Lester?

Charles Edwards Lester or C. Edwards Lester was an American author and diplomat.

Lester was born in Griswold, Connecticut, a descendant of Jonathan Edwards. He was of a roving disposition and traveled widely in the United States and Europe. He was admitted to the bar in Mississippi and later was ordained a minister in the Presbyterian church. In 1840, he addressed antislavery meetings in Massachusetts and was elected a delegate to the London antislavery conference of that year. He did not return to the United States after the close of the conference but remained in England. His The Glory and Shame of England, published in New York in 1841, criticized England's antislavery professions. In 1842, President Tyler appointed Lester United States Consul at Genoa. He wrote:

The Life of Vespucius

The Artist, The Merchant, and the Statesman of the age of the Medici and of Our own Times

My Consulship

The Napoleon Dynasty

America's Advancement, or the Progress of the United States during their First Century

The Mexican Republic

a Life of Charles Sumner

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Born
1815
United States of America
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Connecticut
Died
1890

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on July 23, 2013

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