When the spotless ermine of the judicial robe fell on John Jay, it touched nothing less spotless than itself.
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Source Notes: Source: Senator DANIEL WEBSTER, at a public dinner, New York City, March 10, 1831.The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster, vol. 2, p. 51 .The dinner, given in Websters honor by the citizens of New York, was to thank him for his defense of the Constitution in the previous session of Congress. John Jay was the first chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
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.