Daniel Webster
Daniel Webster was a leading American statesman
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 and senator from Massachusetts during the period leading up to the Civil War
American Civil War
The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ; the other 25...

. He first rose to regional prominence through his defense of New England
New England
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 shipping interests. Webster's increasingly nationalistic
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 views, and his effectiveness as a speaker, made him one of the most famous orators and influential Whig
Whig Party (United States)
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 leaders of the Second Party System
Second Party System
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. He was one of the nation's most prominent conservatives, leading opposition to Democrat Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States . Based in frontier Tennessee, Jackson was a politician and army general who defeated the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend , and the British at the Battle of New Orleans...

 and the Democratic Party.

Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.

Speech at Plymouth, MA (December 22, 1820)

Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.

Speech (April 2, 1824)

It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment — Independence now and Independence forever.

Discourse in Commemoration of Adams and Jefferson, Faneuil Hall, Boston (August 2, 1826)

He smote the rock of the national resources, and abundant streams of revenue gushed forth. He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet.

Speech on Hamilton (March 10, 1831)

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.

Speech (June 3, 1834)

One country, one constitution, one destiny.

Speech (March 15, 1837)