Person:Henry Clay (17)

Henry Clay, of Ashland
  1. Henry Clay, of Ashland1777 - 1852
  • HHenry Clay, of Ashland1777 - 1852
  • WLucretia Hart1781 - 1864
m. abt 1799
  1. Henrietta Clay1800 - 1802
  2. Theodore Clay1802 - 1870
  3. Thomas Clay1803 - 1871
  4. Susan Clay1805 - 1825
  5. Anne Clay1807 - 1835
  6. Lucretia Clay1809 - 1823
  7. Henry Clay, Jr.1811 - 1847
  8. Eliza Clay1813 - 1825
  9. Laura Clay1815 - 1817
  10. James Brown Clay, Esq.1817 - 1864
  11. John Morrison Clay1821 - 1887
Facts and Events
Name Henry Clay, of Ashland
Gender Male
Birth[1] 12 Apr 1777 Hanover, Virginia, United States
Marriage abt 1799 Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United Statesat the bride's home
to Lucretia Hart
Death[1] 29 Jun 1852 Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Residence[1] Fayette County, KentuckyAshland (Henry Clay estate)
Reference Number? Q319630?
Burial[1] Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United Statesin the family vault

Research Notes

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Henry Clay, Sr. (April 12, 1777 – June 29, 1852) was an American lawyer, politician, and skilled orator who represented Kentucky in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. He served three different terms as Speaker of the House of Representatives and was also Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829. He lost his campaigns for president in 1824, 1832 and 1844.

Clay was a very dominant figure in both the First and Second Party systems. As a leading war hawk in 1812, he favored war with Britain and played a significant role in leading the nation to war in the War of 1812. In 1824 he ran for president and lost, but maneuvered House voting in favor of John Quincy Adams, who made him secretary of state as the Jacksonians denounced what they considered a "corrupt bargain." He ran and lost again in 1832 and 1844 as the candidate of the Whig Party, which he founded and usually dominated. Clay was the foremost proponent of the American System, fighting for an increase in tariffs to foster industry in the United States, the use of federal funding to build and maintain infrastructure, and a strong national bank. He opposed the annexation of Texas, fearing it would inject the slavery issue into politics. Clay also opposed the Mexican-American War and the "Manifest Destiny" policy of Democrats, which cost him votes in the close 1844 election. Dubbed the "Great Pacificator," Clay brokered important compromises during the Nullification Crisis and on the slavery issue. As part of the "Great Triumvirate" or "Immortal Trio," along with his colleagues Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun, he was instrumental in formulating the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850. He was viewed as the primary representative of Western interests in this group, and was given the names "Henry of the West" and "The Western Star." A plantation owner, Clay held slaves during his lifetime but freed them in his will.[1]

Abraham Lincoln, the Whig leader in Illinois, was a great admirer of Clay, saying he was "my ideal of a great man." Lincoln wholeheartedly supported Clay's economic programs. In 1957, a Senate Committee selected Clay as one of the five greatest U.S. Senators, along with Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun, Robert La Follette, and Robert A. Taft.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Henry Clay, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   Historical Marker, in Kentucky Historical Society. Historical Marker Database [1].

    Marker Number 1
    County Fayette
    Location 120 Sycamore Rd., Lexington
    Description Historic home of Henry Clay. Orator-Statesman-Patriot. Kentucky's favorite son. Born-1777. Died-1852.

    Marker Number 2235
    County Fayette
    Location 120 Sycamore Road, Lexington
    Description Home of Henry Clay, born April 12, 1777, died June 29, 1852. Served as a state legislator, US rep. & senator, house speaker, secretary of state. He ran for president in 1824, 1832, & 1844. Also an attorney, he practiced law for more than 50 years. He imported and bred fine livestock here, including champion thoroughbreds. Over.

    (Reverse) Clay & Abraham Lincoln- Lincoln called Clay "my beau ideal of a statesman, for whom I fought all my humble life." Lincoln voted for Clay in 1832 & 1844. Family of Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, were friends with Clay. Lincoln based his political ideology on ideals of Clay & quoted him in many important speeches. Over.