Nineteenth century American politician, noted for his oratory skills
Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster (18 January 18 1782 – 24 October 1852) was an American politician who represented New Hampshire (1813-1817) and Massachusetts (1823-1827) in the United States House of Representatives; served as a Senator from Massachusetts (1827-1841, 1845-1850); and was the United States Secretary of State under Presidents William Henry Harrison (1841), John Tyler (1841-1843), and Millard Fillmore (1850-1852). He and James G. Blaine are the only people to serve as Secretary of State under three presidents. Webster also sought the Whig Party nomination for President in 1836, 1840 and 1852.

Born

18 Jan 1782, in Salisbury, New Hampshire

Died

24 Oct 1852, in Marshfield, Massachusetts

Biography

WEBSTER, Daniel - Biographical Information
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; includes portrait and bibliography
"Senate Years of Service: 1827-41; 1845-1850
Party: Adams; Anti-Jacksonian; Whig
...a Representative from New Hampshire and a Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Salisbury, N.H. ... graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1801 ... moved to Boston, Mass., in 1816; achieved national fame as counsel representing Dartmouth College before the United States Supreme Court in the Dartmouth College case 1816-1819; delegate to the Massachusetts State constitutional convention in 1820 ... appointed Secretary of State by President Millard Fillmore and served from July 22, 1850, until his death ..."

Web Pages

Daniel Webster - Online Library of Liberty
Includes portrait, short biography and links to various of Webster's works and to a selected quotation
"Daniel Webster was elected to Congress as a Federalist and served in the House of Representatives from 1813 to 1817. He was a prominent opponent of the Republican embargo and the War of 1812 and was elected to the House of Representatives from Boston, serving from 1823 to 1827, and then to the Senate in 1827. He opposed the protective tariff from 1816 to 1824 but voted for the tariff act of 1828. Webster supported Andrew Jackson in the nullification crisis, and opposed him on policy toward the Bank of the United States."

Bibliography

WEBSTER, Daniel (1782-1852) Bibliography
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; over 80 books, articles and other material about Webster dating from the 1850s to the present

Writings

On Conscription [PDF], 9 Dec 1814
Condensed from speech before the U.S. House of Representatives, given in opposition to bill proposing conscription during the War of 1812, reprinted in Left and Right in 1965, during the Vietnam War
"This bill indeed is less undisguised in its object, and less direct in its means, than some of the measures proposed. It is an attempt to exercise the power of forcing the free men of this country into the ranks of an army, for the general purposes of war, under color of a military service. It is a distinct system, introduced for new purposes, and not connected with any power, which the Constitution has conferred on Congress. ... With the same earnestness with which I now exhort you to forbear from these measures, I shall exhort them to exercise their unquestionable right of providing for the security of their own liberties."

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