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Henry Clay: America's Greatest Statesman

Henry Clay: America's Greatest Statesman

Harlow G. Unger

Language: English

Pages: 334

ISBN: 2:00352238

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A compelling new biography of America's most powerful Speaker of the House, who held the divided nation together for three decades and who was Lincoln's guiding light

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Levasseur, Auguste, 108–109 Lexington, Kentucky, 13 (fig.), 26, 150, 223, 256, 261, 262 Clay, Henry, and, 2, 12–13, 17, 19–20, 68, 138 development and transformation of, 102 land value losses due to Louisiana Purchase, 23–24 See also Ashland farm, of Henry Clay Liberty Party, 233 Lincoln, Abraham, 232 (photo), 269 advocacy for American System of Henry Clay, 236 on African colonization of freed slaves, 140–141 American System advocacy by, 236 Civil War and, 1, 4, 263–264 Clay, Henry,

Executive is incompetent. Congress alone possesses the power.”20 Two weeks later Monroe sent commanding general Andrew Jackson an enigmatic message that the Seminoles had “long violated our rights and insulted our national character.” He told Jackson that “great interests are at issue, and until our course is carried through triumphantly . . . you ought not to withdraw your active support from it.”21 Well aware that carrying out his mission “triumphantly” would mean attacking Spanish troops

power” to the bank: he appointed Clay legal counsel for the bank in Ohio and superintendent of the bank’s legal services in both Ohio and Kentucky, with a then-handsome annual retainer of $6,000. The prestige of his ties to the nation’s bank drew many new clients to his office. Lexington had changed dramatically by then. Its original settlers had prospered—replacing log cabins with stately brick and clapboard homes that sprawled beneath huge stands of shade trees along the road to town. An

Clay’s political enemies continued attacking him after the convention, charging him with having reacted to defeat with insane tantrums. In fact, he accepted defeat with grace. “You will have heard of the event in Harrisburg,” he wrote to his son Henry Clay Jr. after returning to Washington. “It fell upon us all here with great surprise,” he admitted, but “acquiescence . . . was the only course of honor, good faith, and duty. I have accordingly both publicly and privately expressed my

of a resolution at the Whig Convention “that the Whigs of Illinois respond to the nomination of Henry Clay as the Whig candidate for the Presidency . . . with an enthusiasm only equaled by . . . our respect and gratitude for . . . his patriotic services to our country.“ (Library of Congress) “Get out da way,” Whigs across the nation sang for Clay to the then-popular minstrel tune Old Dan Tucker: Get out da way, you’re all unlucky; Close da track for old Kentucky.29 In mid-summer, however, a

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