Webster, a skilled orator, argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court, supporting federalism and Congress’s power to regulate commerce, and combating slavery.
Webster, an orator famous for his skills at argument before the Supreme Court, was born in New Hampshire. After being admitted to the bar in 1805, he practiced in his native state until 1816, when he moved to Boston to expand his career. He served as a member of Congress and the Senate as a Federalist representing his native state and served as secretary of state under William Henry Harrison, continuing in that position under John Tyler until completion of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty. His speeches on the deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams and in favor of Unionism were widely lauded in an era rich in spoken eloquence.
Webster argued 249 cases before the Supreme Court. He defended his alma mater against state regulation in Dartmouth College v. Woodward
Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge
Dartmouth College v. Woodward
Gibbons v. Ogden
Harlan, John Marshall
McCulloch v. Maryland
Taney, Roger Brooke