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Daniel Webster
Daniel Webster
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1782
Date of Death: 1852
Cause of Death: Blow to head causing cerebral hemorrhage; cirrhosis contributing factor
Occupation: Lawyer, Politician
Spouse: Grace Fletcher (d. 1828)
Carline LeRoy (m. 1829)
Children: Five
Political Party: Federalist Party (Before 1828)
National Republican Party (1828-1833)
Whig Party (1833-1852)
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): Breakthroughs
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference

Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) was a leading American during the period leading up to the American 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. During his 40 years in national politics, Webster served in the House of Representatives for 10 years (representing New Hampshire), in the Senate for 19 years (representing Massachusetts), and was appointed the Secretary of State under three presidents. He sought the presidency three times and failed.

Along with John C. Calhoun and Henry Clay, Webster is counted as one of the "Great Triumvirate". A passionate nationalist, Webster did often compromise on the issue of slavery when he felt it meant the preservation of the Union.

Daniel Webster in Southern VictoryEdit

As a northern abolitionist, Daniel Webster became a hero to the United States during the Remembrance era between the Second Mexican War and the Great War. During the twentieth century, his image was on the U.S. quarter.[1] In the Confederate States, he was vilified for thwarting the interests of the ante-bellum South.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Breakthroughs, pg. 141.

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