Daniel Webster


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Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) 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 ... more »

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  • ''There is no refuge from confession but suicide, and suicide is confession.''
    Daniel Webster (1782-1852), U.S. lawyer, statesman. Speech, April 6, 1830, in murder trial, Salem, Massachusetts. Argument on the Murder of Captain Wh...
  • ''When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.''
    Daniel Webster (1782-1852), U.S. lawyer, statesman. speech, Jan. 13, 1840, Boston. Remarks on the Agriculture of England, The Writings and Speeches of...
  • ''The people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.''
    Daniel Webster (1782-1852), U.S. lawyer, statesman. speech, Jan. 26, 1830, U.S. Senate. Second speech on Foote's Resolution, vol. 6, The Writings and ...
  • ''I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.''
    Daniel Webster (1782-1852), U.S. lawyer, statesman. Speech, July 17, 1850, U.S. Senate. Speech on the Compromise Bill, vol. 10, The Writings and Speec...
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