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Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.

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Source Notes: Source: Representative DANIEL WEBSTER, address at the laying of the cornerstone of the Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown, Massachusetts, June 17, 1825.The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster, vol. 1, p. 254 .These words are also incised in marble on the wall of the U.S. House of Representatives chamber, directly behind the Speakers chair. The word develop is spelled there with a final e.

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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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