Webster’s 1830 defense of the sovereignty of the National Government was probably the finest moment of the “Great Orator” in debate. Twenty years later, he sacrificed his Senate career for the cause of national unity by endorsing the Compromise of 1850. Provisions of the compromise that prohibited Northern States from harboring runaway slaves outraged Webster’s political base.
Daniel Webster, daguerreotype by Josiah Johnson Hawes and Albert Sands Southworth, ca. 1850
21.5 x 16.6 cm (8 7/16 x 6 9/16 in.). Gift of I. N. Phelps Stokes, Edward S. Hawes, Alice Mary Hawes, and Marion Augusta Hawes, 1937 (37.14.2).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
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Daniel Webster’s Quill Pen, 1800s
The Massachusetts Historical Society