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Gentlemen, the character of Washington is among the most cherished contemplations of my life. It is a fixed star in the firmament of great names, shining without twinkling or obscuration, with clear, steady, beneficent light.

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Source Notes: Source: DANIEL WEBSTER, secretary of state, letter to the New York Committee for the Celebration of the Birthday of Washington, February 20, 1851.The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster, vol. 12, p. 261 .Webster served in Congress as a representative from New Hampshire, 18131817, and from Massachusetts, 18231827, and as a senator from Massachusetts, 18271841 and 18451850.

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Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 October 24, 1852) was a United States Senator and Secretary of State. Famed for his ability as an orator, Webster was one of the most important figures in the Second Party System from the 1820s to the 1850s. Like Henry Clay, he had a predisposition to finding compromises marked by a passionate patriotic devotion to the Union.

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