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Richard Everett (d. July 3, 1682) was a founder of both Springfield, Massachusetts and Dedham, Massachusetts and ancestor of three notable Americans.

Richard Everett immigrated from County Essex, England. On July 15, 1636 he and a party of settlers bought land from Indians on the Connecticut River at Agawan - now Springfield, Massachusetts. A month later he was at the first recorded meeting of the proprietors of Contentment, which the Massachusetts General Court later ordered to be called Dedham.[1] In the next two years he attended town meetings in both Springfield and Dedham, and was listed as a "trader."[2] In later years he was elected constable, surveyor and selectman in Dedham. He died July 3, 1682. Everett and his wife Mary Winch had six children, from whom were descended Edward Everett, Edward Everett Hale and Horace Everett.[3]


  1. ^ Everett, Edward Franklin. Descendants of Richard Everett of Dedham, Massachusetts. Boston: 1902, pp. 7-10
  2. ^ Green, Mason A. Springfield,1636-1886: History of town and City. Springfield, Ma.: 1888, p. 25
  3. ^ Everett, pp. 12-20, 222-23

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