On the east side of the Daniel Webster Memorial in Washington, DC is this bas-relief panel depicting the famous Webster-Hayne debate that took place in the United States Senate in late January, 1830. The long, multi-day debate was between Senator Webster of Massachusetts and Senator Robert Y. Hayne of South Carolina. Webster is seen standing on the the floor, with his left hand on a table. The debate dealt with a controversial issue of the day -- protectionist tariffs, and the temporary suspension of further land surveying until land already on the market was sold. The bas-relief panel was made by sculptor Gaetano Trentanove in 1900, and is part of the base of a statue of Webster that Trentanove also made.
July 24th, 2015
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