Oration on Ambition October 6, 1800 Oration on Ambition (October 6, 1800)
This address was prepared for the United Fraternity. In it, Webster describes the
ubiquitous nature of ambition in the human spirit. He delineates its positive and negative
uses by comparing the conquest-driven ambition of Ceasar to the virtue-guided ambition of
Washington, who Webster idolized.