DANIEL WEBSTER - DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/22/1852 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM A. WEEKS - HFSID 40823
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DANIEL WEBSTERHe signs this document as Fillmore's Secretary of State for a passport for S. R. Spaulding! Document Signed: "Danl Webster" as Fillmore's Secretary of State, 1p, 10¾x16¼. Department of State, Washington, 1852 May 22.Passport for S.R. Spaulding who "is proceeding to Naples via London having Despatches from this Department to the Legation of the United States there…." During the Civil War, the U.S. Steamship S.R. Spaulding was used as a hospital ship. Daniel Webster represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate from 1827-1841 and 1845-1850. In 1841, he resigned from the Senate to join President William Henry Harrison's cabinet as Secretary of State. He stayed on in Tyler's cabinet, resigning in 1843 and returning to the Senate in 1845. One of America's greatest orators, Webster once again resigned his Senate seat to become Fillmore's Secretary of State on July 22, 1850. At the Whig National Convention held in Baltimore June 17-20, 1852, Secretary of State Webster received 29 votes on the first ballot; President Fillmore had 133 votes and General Winfield Scott had 131 votes. Webster's staunch supporters only succeeded in giving the presidential nomination to Scott on the 53rd ballot. Gravely disappointed, Webster refused to support or campaign for the Whig ticket. Shortly before the election, he died in Marshfield on October 24, 1852 at the age of 70. Mailing folds. 4-inch tear from top edge, center. 1-inch tear top edge, right. 2-inch tear at right edge, center. Toned and creased. Very fragile. Pin holes throughout corners of folds. Surface spotting throughout. Ink and signatures in fine condition.
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