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Daniel Webster: A Resource Guide

Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was a leading American statesman, serving as a U.S. senator, representative, and secretary of state. This guide compiles digital materials at the Library of Congress, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Daniel Webster. Born in Salisbury, New Hampshire, January 18, 1782, Webster was a successful lawyer and one of the most powerful legislators in the first half of the nineteenth century. He served in the U.S. House of Representative (New Hampshire, 1813-17; Massachusetts, 1823-27) and in the U.S. Senate (Massachusetts, 1827-41 and 1845-50). He also served as the secretary of state in the William Henry Harrison and John Tyler administrations (1841-43), and in the Millard Fillmore administration (1850-52). Webster ran unsuccessfully for president in 1836 as one of three Whig presidential candidates, winning only his home state of Massachusetts.

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Webster such as manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Webster and a bibliography containing selected works for both a general audience and younger readers.