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, Daniel 1782–1852.


American politician. A US representative from New Hampshire (1813–1817) and later a representative (1823–1827) and senator (1827–1841 and 1845–1850) from Massachusetts, he was a noted orator who espoused preservation of the Union. He twice served as secretary of state (1841–1843 and 1850–1852).

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Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852, American statesman, lawyer, and orator, b. Salisbury (now in Franklin), N.H. Early Career He graduated (1801) from Dartmouth College, studied law, and, after an interval as a schoolmaster, was admitted (1805) to the bar. Webster practiced law at Boscawen and Portsmouth, N.H., and rapidly gravitated toward politics. As a Federalist and a defender of the New England shipping interests, he sat (1813-17) in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he opposed James Madison's administration, although he did not join forces with members of the Hartford Convention. In 1816 he transferred his residence to Boston. Before he was returned (1822) to the House, Webster won fame as a lawyer, defending (1819) his alma mater in the Dartmouth College Case and the Bank of the United States in McCulloch v. Maryla...    Continue Reading
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