Daniel Webster Essay

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Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury, New Hampshire, on January 18, 1782. Daniel was delicate, but a brilliant child, his family realized this, and made great expense to put Daniel and his brother Ezekiel through school. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in Boston in 1805. Daniel Webster, was a well known public speaker and major constitutional lawyer; he was a major congressional representative for the Northern Whigs during his twenty years he served in the U.S. Senate. He became famous as orator for his speeches supporting the Union and opposing the nullification movement and its supporters. Daniel was one of the greatest orators and debaters of his time, he fought
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He studied there at Phillips Exeter Academy for nine months, and dropped out because his family was suffering from financial problems. At age fifteen, he started teaching at a near by school house. The minister at Boscawen recognized young Daniel’s talents and saw him to be an individual who was in need of a college education. Dr. Samuel Wood tried to prepare him for college by teaching him Latin, and another individual tutored him in Greek, so he might have a good chance to be admitted into Dartmouth College in 1797. [2]“Dartmouth was actually a large and flourishing institution, numbering nearly a hundred and fifty students and graduating larger classes than any of its contemporaries except Harvard”(Current, 6). While in school he read all the English literature he could put his hands on, and he remembered the literature he read. While at Dartmouth College, he learned an abundant amount of history and learned about great Latin authors and strengthened his knowledge of the Latin Language. During his college days he greater developed his gift of being a great orator. [3]“Without his forceful and instinct for the confusions and cohesions of the law, without illuminating wit and metaphors and the resounding symbolism oratory, without his truly great contributions at the bar, the epochal opinions of the Court might have been very different from what they were” (Baxter, 1). He loved to speak, he practiced off hand speaking but usually prepared himself for a speech
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