By a resolution of the Senate, he was esteemed as one of the five greatest senators in U.S. history. An outstanding orator, his political career spanned almost four decades, serving as secretary of state for Presidents William Henry Harrison, John Tyler and Millard Fillmore. His name was Daniel Webster, born this day, Jan. 18, 1782. Webster fought to end the slave trade, opposed creating a national bank and settled the Northeast boundary of the United States. Daniel Webster stated: "If our posterity neglects religious instruction ... no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity."