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practice of his profession, and great cases before the courts absorbed all his energy.
I Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury [now Franklin], New Hampshire, 18 January, 1782, of pioneer stock.
A frail child, and therefore spared the hard work of his father's farm, he was sent to Phillips Exeter Academy and to Dartmouth College, from which he graduated in 1800.
He taught school as a makeshift, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1805.
He practised first at Boscawen and then at Portsmouth, where he rapidly rose to prominence both as lawyer and public speaker.
In 1813 he was sent to the House of Representatives as a Federalist member from Massachusetts, and thus came in close contact with Clay, then speaker, and Calhoun.
Within a year Webster was a marked man in Congress.
After four years, during which he struck many heavy blows at the administration, he resumed the practice of law. The great cases which he argued—the Dartmouth College Case, McCulloch v. Maryland, Gibbons