Biography and History

Daniel Webster was a leading American statesman during the nation's Antebellum Period. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College, Webster was an attorney by training. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1812, serving two terms as the representative from New Hampshire's At-large District. Following his second term, Webster returned to his law practice, relocating from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Boston, Massachusetts. In 1823, Webster reentered politics, serving from 1823 to 1827 as the member of the House of Representatives from Massachusetts's 1st District. Webster later served as United States senator from Massachusetts (1827-1841, 1845-1850) and was appointed secretary of state during the William Henry Harrison and Millard Fillmore administrations.

Source: From the finding aid for C1279