DANIEL WEBSTER - FREE FRANK SIGNED - HFSID 5648
Sale Price $680.00
Daniel Webster signs a free frank.
Free Frank signed: "Danl Webster", 5x3 addresses in his hand to "R.L. Colt, Esq.,/Gaosbyt." Daniel Webster (1782-1852) served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Hampshire (1813-1817) and later Massachusetts (1823-1827). Then he represented Massachusetts in the Senate (1827-1841, 1845-1850). He served as Secretary of State (1841-1843) under President William Henry Harrison, declining to join his fellow Whigs in resigning from President Tyler's Cabinet when the latter departed from Harrison's policies. Instead, Webster stayed in office long enough to negotiate the important Webster-Asburton Treaty with Britain (1842) defining the US-Canada boundary. He again resigned from the Senate to become President Fillmore's Secretary of State (1850). Although unsuccessful in pursuit of the Presidency (1836 and after), Webster earned a reputation as one of America's greatest orators. He won important cases before the Supreme Court, including McCullough vs. Maryland (1819), and made an eloquent case for national unity during the Senate Webster-Hayne debate of 1830. In Stephen Vincent Benet's famous short story, "The Devil and Daniel Webster", Webster wins a legal duel with the Devil for a farmer's soul. Irregularly cut. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 21x17½.
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