Profession: Legislator and Orator
Why Famous: Served three different terms as Speaker of the House of Representatives and was also Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829. He forged compromises that held off civil war for decades.
- 1799-04-11 Politician Henry Clay (21) weds Lucretia Hart in Lexington, Kentucky
- 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 Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate