Henry Clay

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay

Profession: Legislator and Orator

United States of America

Biography: Served three different terms as Speaker of the House of Representatives and was also Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829.

His major achievement was to forge a series of compromises that held off the civil war for decades.

Clay was also a three-time Presidential nominee, losing the election in 1824, 1832 and 1844.

Born: April 12, 1777
Birthplace: Hanover County, Virginia, USA
Star Sign: Aries

Died: June 29, 1852 (aged 75)
Cause of Death: Tuberculosis

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Married Life

  • 1799-04-11 Politician Henry Clay (21) weds Lucretia Hart in Lexington, Kentucky

Historical Events

  • 1832-12-05 Andrew Jackson re-elected US President after defeating Henry Clay
  • 1839-02-07 Henry Clay declares in Senate "I had rather be right than president"
  • 1844-05-01 Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate
  • 1850-01-29 Senator Henry Clay drafts the Compromise of 1850 to defuse tensions between slave states and free states over territories won during the Mexican–American War

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