Ebenezer Webster, a veteran of “Roger’s Rangers” in the French and Indian Wars, operated a mill and farmed a stony tract of land in Salisbury, New Hampshire in the late eighteenth century. His son, Daniel, was born on the farm on January 18, 1782. Daniel graduated from Dartmouth College in 1801 and became a renowned lawyer. His advocacy for his alma mater led to the important Supreme Court precedent in the case of Dartmouth College v. Woodward. Webster served as U.S. congressman from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and as Secretary of State under Presidents Harrison, Tyler, and Fillmore. With his contemporaries Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun, he was part of the “Great Triumvirate” of legislative leaders who debated the issues of Union and slavery and forged the compromises that delayed the ultimate sectional conflict. The frame house of Daniel Webster’s birth was moved from its original site in later years. Its original foundations were located in the early twentieth century and the house was returned to its original site. Furnishings and items from Webster’s era, such such as a flax spinning wheel and kitchen utensils, are on display in the house.
Links: Daniel Webster Birthplace