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Daniel Webster: A Resource Guide

Daniel Webster
Daniel Webster.
1 photographic print.
Photo made from a daguerreotype by John A. Whipple in the colleciton of Dartmouth College Library.
Prints & Photographs Division.
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Compiled by Kenneth Drexler, Digital Reference Specialist

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Daniel Webster. This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Webster such as manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on Webster and a bibliography containing selected works for both a general audience and younger readers.

Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography

Featured Digital Collection

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

This collection contains a large selection of congressional material related to Daniel Webster's political career as a member of the House of Representatives (1813-17 and 1823-27), U.S. senator (1827-41 and 1845-50) and secretary of state (1841-43 and 1850-52). Search this collection by date and publication to find materials related to Webster.

A selection of Webster's speeches:

Digital Collections

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

This collection presents 396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics.

James Madison Papers, 1723 to 1859

The James Madison Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 12,000 items captured in some 72,000 digital images. The Madison Papers contain four letters written to Daniel Webster.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, ca. 1820 to 1860

This collection consists of over 15,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1820 to 1860.

Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The collection contains, among other materials, posters, playbills, songsheets, notices, invitations, proclamations, petitions, timetables, leaflets, propaganda, manifestos, ballots, tickets, menus, and business cards. There are more than 28,000 items in the collection.

Words and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years

In honor of the Manuscript Division's centennial, its staff has selected for online display approximately ninety representative documents spanning from the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, including three items related to Daniel Webster.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1789-1924. Search this collection to find newspaper articles that reference Daniel Webster from this time period.

A selection of articles related to Webster includes:


American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Compromise of 1850

Exhibit on Senators John C. Calhoun's and Daniel Webster's speeches from the Compromise of 1850 debate.

Manuscript Division

Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online

A finding aid for the Daniel Webster Papers collection in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division can be found online as an HTML or a PDF (41 Kb / Download Adobe Reader for PDFs) document.

Prints & Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Webster, Daniel,--1782-1852 to find prints, photographs, political cartoons, and other digital images related to Webster. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase Daniel Webster to locate additional images.


There are approximately 700 daguerreotypes in the Prints & Photographs Division. The majority of the images are portraits, including three daguerreotypes of Daniel Webster.

Today in History

March 7

Senator Daniel Webster delivered his famous "Seventh of March" speech urging sectional compromise on the issue of slavery. Following the lead of Senators Henry Clay and Stephen Douglas, Webster endorsed Clay's plan to assure sectional equilibrium in Congress.

December 13

In his landmark Dartmouth College v. Woodward decision (1819), Chief Justice John Marshall (1755-1835) supported the inviolability of the charter as a contract and ruled that the college, under the charter, was a private and not a public entity. As such, the school was protected from the state's regulatory power through the contract clause of the United States Constitution. "It is, Sir, as I have said, a small college. And yet there are those who love it!" With these words, Daniel Webster concluded his successful defense of the inviolability of the royal charter of Dartmouth College, which was originally obtained on December 13, 1769.

Virtual Programs and Services

Digital Reference Section Web Guides

Primary Documents in American History

This site offers a list of some of the most important documents in American history from 1763 to 1877, including documents related to Daniel Webster such as the Compromise of 1850.

External Web Sites

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: Daniel Webster

This publication contains a short biography of every member of Congress from 1774 to the present, including Daniel Webster. It also provides a selected bibliography and a list of research collections related to Webster.

The Daniel Webster Estate & Heritage Center External Link

This Web site is dedicated to Daniel Webster's estate in Marshfield, Massachusetts. The site contains biographical information on Webster and a history of the estate.

United States Senate

The Art and History section of the U.S. Senate's Web site contains the following information on Daniel Webster:

Selected Works by Daniel Webster

Everett, Edward, ed. The Works of Daniel Webster. 6 vols. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1853.
LC Call Number: E337.8 .W24 1853a [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

McIntyre, James W., ed. The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster. 18 vols. Boston: Little, Brown Co., 1903.
LC Call Number: E337.8 .W24 1903 [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Van Tyne, Claude H., ed. The Letters of Daniel Webster, from Documents Owned Principally by the New Hampshire Historical Society. 1902; rpt. St. Clair Shores, Mich.: Scholarly Press, 1970.
LC Call Number: E337.8 .W365 1970 [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Wiltse, Charles M., and Harold D. Moser, eds. The Papers of Daniel Webster. 14 vols. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1974-1989.
LC Call Number: E337.8 .W24 1974 [Catalog Record]

Selected Biographies and Other Studies of Webster

Bartlett, Irving H. Daniel Webster. New York: W.W. Norton Co., 1978.
LC Call Number: E340.W4 B26 1978 [Catalog Record]

Baxter, Maurice G. One and Inseparable: Daniel Webster and the Union. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, Belknap Press, 1984.
LC Call Number: E340.W4 B297 1984 [Catalog Record]

Dalzell, Robert F., Jr. Daniel Webster and the Trial of American Nationalism, 1843-1852. New York: Norton, 1975.
LC Call Number: E340.W4 D17 1975 [Catalog Record]

Nathans, Sydney. Daniel Webster and Jacksonian Democracy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973.
LC Call Number: E340.W4 N17 [Catalog Record]

Peterson, Merrill D. The Great Triumvirate: Webster, Clay, and Calhoun. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.
LC Call Number: E339 .P47 1987 [Catalog Record]

Remini, Robert V. Daniel Webster: The Man and His Time. New York: W.W. Norton Co., 1997.
LC Call Number: E340.W4 R36 1997 [Catalog Record]

Younger Readers

Harvey, Bonnie C. Daniel Webster: Liberty and Union, Now and Forever. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Enslow Publishers, 2001.
LC Call Number: E340.W4 H28 2001 [Catalog Record]

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