DANIEL WEBSTER (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) represented New Hampshire and Massachusetts in the U.S. Congress and served as U.S. Secretary of State under three presidents – William Henry Harrison, John Tyler and Millard Fillmore. He argued over 200 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a member of the Federalist Party, the National Republican Party and the Whig Party. He was a prominent opponent of the War of 1812. Webster became an opponent of Andrew Jackson’s domestic policies, strongly objecting to the theory of nullification espoused by John C. Calhoun. During the Mexican-American War, he emerged as a leader of the “Cotton Whigs,” a faction of Northern Whigs that emphasized good relations with the South over anti-slavery policies.
Offering a Webster’s free frank signature on a cover addressed to John Townsend of Albany, NY. Very likely the Townsend, who was a prominent industrialist and politician in Albany. He was unanimously elected Mayor of Albany three times, serving as the 37th Mayor of the city.
Light toning at the top through the signature. Still a very bold Webster signature.
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