Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol
Daniel Webster served in House of Representatives for four terms, representing both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He is among a small number of House Members to represent more than one state.
On this date, Daniel Webster
, a Representative from New Hampshire during the 13th and 14th Congresses (1813–1817), as well as a Representative from Massachusetts from the 18th and 19th Congresses (1823–1827), was born on this date in Salisbury, New Hampshire. Webster, who trained as a lawyer, became one of the great orators of the 19th century as both a Member of the U.S. House and, later, the Senate. His words, delivered in an 1825 address commemorating a monument on the site of the Bunker Hill battlefield, are emblazoned above the Speaker’s rostrum: “Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests and see whether we also in our day and generation may not perform something worthy to be remembered.”