Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster

Born: January 18, 1782

Died: October 24, 1852

Nationality: American

Occupation: Statesman

Biography: Daniel Webster was a leading American statesman and senator from Massachusetts during the period leading up to the Civil War. He first rose to regional prominence through his defense of New England shipping interests. Webster's increasingly nationalistic views, and his effectiveness as a speaker, made him one of the most famous orators and influential Whig leaders of the Second Party System.

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Source/Notes: Speech (June 3, 1834); reported in Edward Everett, ed., The Works of Daniel Webster (1851), volume iv, page 47.
Source/Notes: The Works of Daniel Webster (1853), p. 377, "Reception at New York"

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Source/Notes: Speech (July 25 and 27, 1846); reported in Edward Everett, ed., The Works of Daniel Webster (1851), volume v, page 187.
Source/Notes: On Mr. Justice Story (September 12, 1845); reported in Edward Everett, ed., The Works of Daniel Webster (1851), page 300.