Monday, July 22, 2013

July 22: Daniel Webster

On this date in History ... July 22, 1850:  

Arguably the Senate's most famous member—Daniel Webster the statesman, the orator, the lawyer, the senator, the man who spent more than two decades of leading debates and stirring crowds to tears in the Senate chamber --- resigned his (Mass.) Senate seat to become Secretary of State, a post he held until his death just two years later. 

One of the not so famous things Webster was noted for was to introduce legislation to produce pre-paid adhesive postage stamps for the U.S. Post Office, the first of which were issued in 1847. 

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