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Who Is That Man, Anyway?
Subject: Daniel Webster
Sculptor: Gaetano Trentanove
Location: Scott Circle
( Massachusetts Ave. & 16th )
Webster (1782-1852) was a brilliant orator from New Hampshire, immortalized in Stephen Vincent Benet's short story "The Devil and Daniel Webster", in which Webster defends a man who has sold his soul to the devil. Elected to both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, he served in Congress a total of 23 years and served as secretary of state twice.
He passionately believed in a strong federal government. One panel of the memorial shows Webster debating in the Old Senate Chamber, giving a speech in which he declared that the secession of a state from the Union would be illegal.
Engraved on one side of Webster's memorial is his statement: "Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable."
The memorial was erected by a fellow native of New Hampshire, Stilson Hutchins, founder of the Washington Post.
Photos and text copyright © 2001 Jean K. Rosales and Michael R. Jobe, All Rights Reserved
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