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Daniel Webster

"ART OF FANEUIL HALL" photo series (Great Americans' statues & busts inside the Great Hall)


Located in the heart of Boston, the Faneuil Hall is among the nation's oldest and most important historical buildings in the U.S.A. The collection of art within the Faneuil's second floor Great Hall commemorates some of the most important people, places, and events that have shaped history and destiny of the United States of America.


The ca. 1850 marble bust of Daniel Webster by John Crookshanks King (1806-1882) stands first from the right on the Stage, beneath the 1843-50 mural painting 'Webster Replying to Hayne' by George P. A. Healy (1813-1894). Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was a US Secretary of State and US Senator from Massachusetts during the period leading up to the Civil War. The mural painting shows Webster in Old Senate Chamber, Washington, D.C. on January 27, 1830. He is debating South Carolina’s R.Y. Hayne. Webster saying that the Union must be preserved:


"When my eyes shall be turned to behold for the last time the sun in heaven, may I not see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union; on States dissevered, discordant, belligerent; on a land rent with civil feuds, or drenched, it may be, in fraternal blood! Let their last feeble and lingering glance rather behold the gorgeous ensign of the republic... not a stripe erased or polluted, nor a single star obscured, bearing for its motto, no such miserable interrogatory as "What is all this worth?" nor those other words of delusion and folly, "Liberty first and Union afterwards"; but everywhere, spread all over in characters of living light, blazing on all its ample folds, as they float over the sea and over the land, and in every wind under the whole heavens, that other sentiment, dear to every true American heart,— Liberty and Union, now and for ever, one and inseparable!"

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Taken on April 1, 2012