Daniel Webster

Photography Studio Southworth and Hawes American
Albert Sands Southworth American
Josiah Johnson Hawes American

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Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was one of nineteenth-century America's most imposing figures, a statesman and orator of staggering power and erudition. He sat for this portrait just one month before his controversial speech in support of the Compromise of 1850, which allowed fugitive slaves to be returned to their owners, a stance which subsequently contributed to Webster's political downfall. Southworth & Hawes' monumental depiction seems to embody Carlyle's opinion that "as a logic fencer, advocate, or parliamentary Hercules, one would incline to back [Webster] at first sight against all the extant world."

Daniel Webster, Southworth and Hawes (American, active 1843–1863), Daguerreotype

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