Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Daniel Webster (17821852)
Gentlemen, the character of Washington is among the most cherished contemplations of my life. It is a fixed star in the firmament of great names, shining without twinkling or obscuration, with clear, steady, beneficent light.
DANIEL WEBSTER, secretary of state, letter to the New York Committee for the Celebration of the Birthday of Washington, February 20, 1851.The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster, vol. 12, p. 261 (1903).
Webster served in Congress as a representative from New Hampshire, 18131817, and from Massachusetts, 18231827, and as a senator from Massachusetts, 18271841 and 18451850.