July 17, 2022

Today in History: Daniel Webster

Last Updated on July 15, 2021

Daniel Webster addressing the United States Senate, in the great debate of the Constitution and the Union 1850
Today in History–March 7–the Library of Congress features Senator Daniel Webster, who delivered his famous “Seventh of March” speech on this date in 1850. The speech advocated for sectional compromise on the issue of slavery and the legislation package now referred to as the Compromise of 1850. Learn more about this politician and the debate about slavery by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below.

Daniel Webster image set

Daniel Webster addressing the United States Senate, in the great debate of the Constitution and the Union 1850 print

Political cartoons related to Daniel Webster

The Great Debate Between Hayne and Webster

Speech in reply to Hayne

Daniel Webster “Seventh of March” speech (speech notes)

The great debate between Hayne and Webster

Speech in reply to Hayne

Webster’s reply to Hayne reenactment audio recording

More speeches by Daniel Webster

Webster–Ashburton Treaty Aug. 9, 1842

James Madison to Daniel Webster (correspondence 1825-1833)

Daniel Webster historic newspaper coverage through 1853

Periodical articles about Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster death notice

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