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Daniel Webster Free Frank Postal Envelope - Statesman - Great Orator For Sale
Very interesting envelope (content no longer present) with manuscript signature of Daniel Webster at top right, red Washington/ DC Mar 6postmark, matching "Free" marking at top right, addressed (in Webster's hand) to NathanielSawyer, Cincinnati, Ohio., red wax seal on reverse. Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was a leading American statesman and U.S. Senator from Massachusetts during the period preceding the Civil War. Webster's increasingly nationalistic views, and his effectiveness as a public speaker, cast him as one of the most famous orators and influentialWhig leaders for the Second Party System. He was one of the nation's most prominent conservatives, leading opposition to populist President Andrew Jackson and the Democratic Party. He was a spokesman for modernization, banking andindustry, but not for the common people who composed the base of his enemies in the Jacksonian administration and the Democratic Party. It was said that he was, "a thoroughgoing elitist, and he reveled in it." During his forty years in national politics, Webster served in the House of Representatives for tenyears (representing New Hampshire), the Senate for nineteen years (representing Massachusetts) and was appointed Secretary of State under three presidents. Webster participated in several key U.S. Supreme Court cases, which established important Constitutional precedents that bolstered the authority of the Federal Government. As Secretary of State, he negotiated the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which established the definitive Eastern border between the United States and Canada. Chiefly recognized for his Senate tenure, Webster was a key figure in the institution's "Golden Days," being the Northern member of the "Great Triumvirate," with his colleagues Henry Clay from the West (Kentucky) and John C. Calhoun from the South (South Carolina). His "Reply to Hayne" in 1830 was regarded for a time as "the most eloquent speech ever delivered in Congress." With his fellow Whig, Henry Clay, Webster wanted to see the Union preserved and civil war averted. They both labored for compromises to stave off the sectionalism that threatened war between the North and South. Websterattempted to become President of the U.S. three times, but failed. In 1957, a Senate Committee selected Webster as one of the five greatest U.S. Senators, alongside Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, Robert La Follette and Robert Taft. Fine condition, some glue bleed discoloration at edges of sideflaps on back, semicircular cut around wax seal in opening.We have been in the paper Americana and postal history businesses since 1953 and are members of the Manuscript and Ephemera Societies as well as the American Stamp Dealers Association, American Philatelic Society, Canadian Stamp Dealers Association (Canada), Philatelic Traders Society (Great Britain) and numerous other collector organizations. Be sure to add me to your favorites list!
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