Congressman Daniel Webster gets a lot of dictionary-related questions

While he tells ITK he’s “never done any confirmation,” relatives have long told him that he’s a descendant of the statesman with whom he shares a name — the late Sen. Daniel Webster. The New Hampshire native and former secretary of State, who died in 1852, was once named by a Senate committee as one of the five greatest U.S. senators.

Webster says he “took all kinds of ribbing” about his political lineage growing up. Not to mention getting mixed up with the other well-known Daniel Websters: “Most people get it confused with the person who wrote the dictionary and other things too. Or when we studied, we read the short story in school, The Devil and Daniel Webster. Love that.”

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But Webster does see a resemblance to his noted family member, saying with a chuckle, “I don’t know that I possess his oratory ability, however there is a real likeness among the Websters in my family to him.”

The congressman explains, “If you ever notice his pictures, they kind of had a frown. And then there were some deep lines in his cheeks and so forth, and his deep-set eyes, and a couple of other things that are very ‘Webster-ish.’ ”

But when it comes to scowling for official photos, Webster says that practice didn’t get passed down through the generations.

The 63-year-old lawmaker is usually seen with a wide grin in snapshots. When asked if he has been known to give the same stern look as his ancestor, Webster replies, “No, I don’t. I smile.” He then adds, “Maybe it’s my mom’s side.”

Photos: (Left) Rep. Daniel Webster (Right) Former Sen. Daniel Webster / Wikimedia