What Was the Seventh of March Speech?

The Seventh of March speech was a 3.5 hour speech given by Daniel Webster that discussed slavery as an historical reality rather than a moral issue. It was given on March 7, 1850 and is considered one of the most controversial speeches of the Senate.

Daniel Webster's "Seventh of March" speech was given in answer to speeches from Henry Clay and John Calhoun over the issue of slavery in the United States. Webster argued that the issue had already been settled and that the existence of slavery must be allowed to remain in the South. Northern states should protect the rights of the South and return slaves to their owners. He also stated that slavery could not exist in newly created territories based on the Northwest Ordinance of 1787.