Daniel Webster was born on January 18, 1782, and was the ninth of ten children. His father, Ebenezer Webster, was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. His father taught him about the importance of the Union between the states, telling young Daniel that nothing was as important as preserving the Union. Daniel was able to go to college, and become a successful lawyer, becoming so famous that many people began to tell him that he should run for office.
As a politician, he was a member of the Whig political party. A party which supported a strong federal government, and an end to the expansion of slavery. Although born in New Hampshire, he represented the state of Massachusetts in congress. He was an eloquent public speaker, and represented the values of his New England constituents. New Englanders tended to support high protective tariffs, which are taxes on imported goods, this made Daniel an enemy of prominent Southern congressmen like John C. Calhoun. Daniel was able to become Secretary of State under presidents Harrison and Tyler. He negotiated the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, and was an opponent of the Mexican War, believing that the South would carve Mexico up into a bunch of slave states.
This report prepared by Nathaniel Ford