Between 1815 and 1852, when people in New England wanted advice on matters of public policy, they sought out Daniel Webster. His extraordinary reputation rested in large measure on his ability to play a conservative role, to assure his followers that the federal Union was sound and that their role in a rapidly changing democratic society was consistent with their historic legacy. In 1850 the message failed and Webster fell.
Bartlett, Irving H.
"The Double Character of Daniel Webster,"
New England Journal of Public Policy: Vol. 3
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol3/iss1/4