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Source Notes: Source: DANIEL WEBSTER, arguing the case of Dartmouth College before the Supreme Court, March 1818. These words are not in his formal argument in the official court record. They come from an account Chauncey A. Goodrich, professor at Yale, wrote to Rufus Choate, who quoted at length from it in his eulogy on Daniel Webster, given at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 27, 1853.The Works of Rufus Choate, vol. 1, p. 516 .The Dictionary of American Biography, vol. 10, p. 588, notes that with consummate pathos he presented the case of the small college which he loved as the case of every college in the land. When on Feb. 2, 1819, the Court in its decision completely upheld the college and its counsel Webster became in the opinion of many the foremost lawyer of the time.Webster served in Congress as a representative from New Hampshire, 18131817, and from Massachusetts, 18231827, and as a senator from Massachusetts, 18271841 and 18451850.
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.