Daniel Webster served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. He was the 14th secretary of state under William Henry Harrison and John Tyler, and the 19th secretary of state under Millard Fillmore. He is considered to be one of the greatest ever to hold the office. Daniel Webster was a staunch supporter of a strong federal government. He opposed the War of 1812 and was a leading proponent of federal action to stimulate the economy through protective tariffs, transportation improvements, and a national bank. A great orator, he is best remembered for his reply to Senator Hayne on nullification with the words, “Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!”
The secretary of state was created as part of the president᾽s cabinet beginning with the administration of George Washington. Washington created four cabinet positions to provide him with a source of key advisers, in the form of the attorney general, secretary of the treasury, secretary of state and secretary of war. Current presidential cabinets are made up of sixteen officers. Members are chosen by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The secretary of state is regarded as the most senior position in the Cabinet and is fourth in line of succession to the president.
This Daniel Webster history mug is part of our Secretary of State series which includes the many unique individuals who served as U.S. Secretary of State.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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