“Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable” Is The Official State Motto Of North Dakota. The State Motto of Dakota Territory was Liberty and Union, One and Inseparable, Now and Forever. This language was suggested by Dr. Joseph Ward of Yankton, South Dakota, who was quoting from Daniel Webster’s Reply to Hayne. However, the North Dakota used for the Territory had two of the phrases reversed; when North Dakota became a state that error was corrected. Dr. Ward wasn’t the original creator of the North Dakota motto, however. This honor befalls American politician, Senator Daniel Webster.
The State Motto Of North Dakota “Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable” are a memorable excerpt from an impressive speech delivered in the famous Webster-Hayne debate in 1830. This heated “Webster-Hayne” featured the main characters Senator Webster (Massachusetts) and Senator Hayne (South Carolina) and it was centered around the much debatable status of protectionist tariffs and trade restrictions.
Webster’s speech in this event was considered “the most eloquent speech ever delivered in Congress.” His message about the ideal nature of U.S. government; that it ought to be “made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people” was such a great inspiration that Abraham Lincoln later self-tailored those words together in his famous Democracy quote “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” The patriotic emphasis on the strength of ‘Union’ in the North Dakota State Motto is also represented in other state mottos like Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, and Vermont.