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Daniel Webster

Data di nascita: 18. Gennaio 1782
Data di morte: 25. Ottobre 1852

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Daniel Webster è stato un politico statunitense, nel periodo precedente la Guerra civile.

Webster divenne importante con la difesa degli interessi armatoriali del New England. Le sue opinioni politiche nazionalistiche e l'efficacia con cui riusciva ad esporle portarono Webster a divenire uno dei leader più influenti del Partito Whig.

Dopo una lunga pratica come avvocato presso la Corte suprema, dove contribuì a stabilire molti precedenti costituzionali favorevoli all'autorità federale contro gli stati, fu eletto Senatore nel 1827 e mantenne la carica fino al 1850. La sua abilità come Senatore era così riconosciuta che egli fu il terzo membro di quello che fu ed è noto come il "Grande Triumvirato", con i colleghi Henry Clay e John C. Calhoun . Il forte favore suo e di Clay per l'unione li spinse spesso alla ricerca di compromessi che evitassero la secessione e la guerra civile . Divenuto Segretario di Stato nel 1841, negoziò il Webster-Ashburton Treaty , che fissò i confini orientali tra Stati Uniti e Canada; si dimise quello stesso anno e avrebbe riassunto la carica dal 1850 alla morte.

Webster tentò tre volte di diventare Presidente degli Stati Uniti, sempre invano, l'ultima volta proprio a causa dei compromessi.

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

— Daniel Webster
Speech (3 June 1834); reported in Edward Everett, ed., The Works of Daniel Webster (1851), volume iv, page 47

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„We wish that this column, rising towards heaven among the pointed spires of so many temples dedicated to God, may contribute also to produce, in all minds, a pious feeling of dependence and gratitude.“

— Daniel Webster
Context: We wish that this column, rising towards heaven among the pointed spires of so many temples dedicated to God, may contribute also to produce, in all minds, a pious feeling of dependence and gratitude. We wish, finally, that the last object to the sight of him who leaves his native shore, and the first to gladden his who revisits it, may be something which shall remind him of the liberty and the glory of his country. Let it rise! let it rise, till it meet the sun in his coming; let the earliest light of the morning gild it, and the parting day linger and play on its summit! p. 62

„America has furnished to the world the character of Washington! And if our American institutions had done nothing else, that alone would have entitled them to the respect of mankind.“

— Daniel Webster
Context: America has furnished to Europe proof of the fact, that popular institutions, founded on equality and the principle of representation, are capable of maintaining governments, able to secure the rights of person, property, and reputation. America has proved that it is practicable to elevate the mass of mankind, — that portion which in Europe is called the laboring, or lower class, — to raise them to self-respect, to make them competent to act a part in the great right and great duty of self-government; and she has proved that this may be done by education and the diffusion of knowledge. America has furnished to the world the character of Washington! And if our American institutions had done nothing else, that alone would have entitled them to the respect of mankind. p. 105

„Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered;“

— Daniel Webster
Context: Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered; and the diffusion of knowledge, so astonishing in the last half-century, has rendered innumerable minds, variously gifted by nature, competent to be competitors or fellow-workers on the theatre of intellectual operation. p. 71

„Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!“

— Daniel Webster
Context: When my eyes shall be turned to behold for the last time the sun in heaven, may I not see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union; on States dissevered, discordant, belligerent; on a land rent with civil feuds, or drenched, it may be, in fraternal blood! Let their last feeble and lingering glance rather behold the glorious ensign of the republic, now known and honored throughout the earth, still full high advanced, its arms and trophies streaming in the original lustre, not a stripe erased or polluted, nor a single star obscured, bearing for its motto, no such miserable interrogatory as 'What is all this worth?' nor those words of delusion and folly, 'Liberty first and Union afterward,'; but everywhere, spread over all the characters of living light, blazing on all its ample folds, as they float over the sea and over the land, and in every wind under the whole heavens, that other sentiment, dear to every true American heart, -- Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!

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„I have entire confidence in the improvements to our husbandry, and the other great advantages, which would accrue from judicious rotation of products.“

— Daniel Webster
Context: Is it practicable, on the soil and in the climate of Massachusetts, to pursue a succession of crops? I cannot question it; and I have entire confidence in the improvements to our husbandry, and the other great advantages, which would accrue from judicious rotation of products. The capacities of the soil of Massachusetts are undoubted. One hundred bushels of corn to an acre have been repeatedly produced, and other crops in like abundance. But this will not effect the proper ends of a judicious and profitable agriculture, unless we can so manage our husbandry that, by a judicious and proper succession of the crops, land will not only be restored after an exhausting crop, but gradually enriched by cultivation.

„Standing armies are the oppressive instruments for governing the people, in the hands of hereditary and arbitrary monarchs.“

— Daniel Webster
Context: Standing armies are the oppressive instruments for governing the people, in the hands of hereditary and arbitrary monarchs. A military republic, a government founded on mock elections and supported only by the sword, is a movement indeed, but a retrograde and disastrous movement, from the regular and old-fashioned monarchical systems. If men would enjoy the blessings of republican government, they must govern themselves by reason, by mutual counsel and consultation, by a sense and feeling of general interest, and by the acquiescence of the minority in the will of the majority, properly expressed; and, above all, the military must be kept, according to the language of our Bill of Rights, in strict subordination to the civil authority.

„He studies to use his land so as not to abuse it.“

— Daniel Webster
Context: An English farmer looks not merely to the present year's crop. He considers what will be the condition of the land when that crop is off; and what it will be fit for the next year. He studies to use his land so as not to abuse it. On the contrary, his aim is to get crop after crop, while still the land shall be growing better and better. If he should content himself with raising from the soil a large crop this year, and then leave it neglected and exhausted, he would starve. It is upon this fundamental idea of constant production without exhaustion, that the system of English cultivation, and, indeed, of all good cultivation, is founded. England is not original in this. Flanders, and perhaps Italy, have been her teachers.

„If the true spark of religious and civil liberty be kindled, it will burn.“

— Daniel Webster
Context: If the true spark of religious and civil liberty be kindled, it will burn. Human agency cannot extinguish it. Like the earth's central fire, it may be smothered for a time; the ocean may overwhelm it; mountains may press it down; but its inherent and unconquerable force will heave both the ocean and the land, and at some time or other, in some place or other, the volcano will break out and flame up to heaven.

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