Plymouth County Biographies

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Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster (1782-1852) — also known as "Black Dan"; "Defender of the Constitution"; "Great Expounder of the Constitution" — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born in Salisbury (part now in Franklin), Merrimack County, N.H., January 18, 1782. Whig. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from New Hampshire at-large, 1813-17; delegate to New Hampshire state constitutional convention, 1820; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1st District, 1823-27; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1827-41, 1845-50; candidate for President of the United States, 1836; U.S. Secretary of State, 1841-43, 1850-52; died in office 1852. Presbyterian. Elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1900. His portrait appeared on the $10 U.S. Note from the 1860s until the early 20th century. Died in Marshfield, Plymouth County, Mass., October 24, 1852. Interment at Winslow Cemetery, Marshfield, Mass. Webster counties in Ga., Iowa, Ky., La., Miss., Mo., Neb. and W.Va. are named for him.

Parents: Ebenezer Webster, Abigail Eastman
Spouse 1: Grace Fletcher
Born: 16 Jan 1781 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Died: 21 Jan 1828 in New York, New York, New York
Marriage: 29 May 1808 in Salisbury, Hillsborough, New Hampshire

Grace Fletcher Webster 29 Apr 1810 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Daniel Fletcher Webster 23 Jul 1813 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Julia Webster 16 Jan 1818 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Edward Webster 20 Jul 1820 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Charles Webster 31 Dec 1821 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts

Spouse 2: Caroline LeRoy
Born: 1797 in New York City, New York, New York
Died: 26 Feb 1882 in New Rochelle, Westchester, New York
Marriage: 12 Dec 1829 in New York City, New York, New York

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