Definition: Famous lawyer
and public speaker who made many speeches in favor of the
Constitution, the federal government and the Union. He
served in both houses of Congress and then as Secretary of
State for Presidents William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, and
Millard Fillmore. Webster ran for president in 1836, one of
four Whig candidates to run. They split the vote, and
Democrat Martin van Buren won. Webster is also famous for
arguing cases before the Supreme Court and for the
Webster-Hayne Debates. In these debates, South Carolina
Senator Robert Hayne took the position that states were more
important than the Union. Webster passionately argued that
the Constitution and the Union were more important. It was
in these debates that Webster said, "Liberty and Union, now
and forever one and inseparable."
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