as Webster — Senator Daniel Webster, who served Massachusetts in the United States Senate from 1827-1841. Ludlow was a member of Union College’s debate club, but had an interest in oratory that went back even as far as grade school. He later recalled his play-time abolitionist speeches:
Among the large crowd of young Southerners sent to [my] school, I began preaching emancipation in my pinafore. Mounted upon a window-seat in an alcove of the great play-hall, I passed recess after recess in haranguing a multitude upon the subject of Freedom, with as little success as most apostles, and with only less than their crowd of martyrdom, because, though small boys are more malicious than men, they cannot hit so hard.