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The Papers of Henry Clay

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Henry Clay, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front. Mathew Brady’s Studio, [between 1850 and 1852]. Daguerreotypes. Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress


University of Kentucky

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Henry Clay Sr. (1777 –1852) was a lawyer, planter, and statesman who represented Kentucky in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. After serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Clay was as Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams. Clay served four separate terms in the Senate, including from 1831 to 1842 and from 1849 to 1852, where he was known for the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850. He ran for the presidency in 1824, 1832, and 1844, and unsuccessfully sought his party's nomination in 1840 and 1848. Clay was one of a handful of national leaders spanning the first half of the 19th century, defining the issues, proposing nationalistic solutions, and creating the Whig Party. A comprehensive edition of the papers and correspondence of Clay as statesman, presidential candidate, and Secretary of State.

Complete in 10 volumes, plus Supplement, 1793-1852


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