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  2. Henry Clay | American statesman | Britannica

    Henry Clay, byname The Great Pacificator or The Great Compromiser, (born April 12, 1777, Hanover county, Virginia, U.S.—died June 29, 1852, Washington, D.C.), American statesman, U.S. congressman (1811–14, 1815–21, 1823–25), and U.S. senator (1806–07, 1810–11, 1831–42, 1849–52) who was noted for his American System (which ...

  3. Henry Clay - Wikipedia

    Henry Clay Sr. (April 12, 1777 – June 29, 1852) was an American attorney and statesman who represented Kentucky in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He was the seventh House speaker as well as the ninth secretary of state. He unsuccessfully ran for president in the 1824, 1832, and 1844 elections.

  4. Henry Clay - Senator, Congress & Quotes - Biography

    Best Known For: Henry Clay was a 19th-century U.S. politician who served in Congress and as secretary of state under President John Quincy Adams. Industries U.S. Politics Business and Industry...

  5. U.S. Senate: Henry Clay: A Featured Biography

    Henry Clay of Kentucky (1777-1852) enjoyed a distinguished political career, even though he never attained his greatest desire—the presidency. A pivotal Senate leader during the antebellum era, a period in Senate history marked by heated debates over slavery and territorial expansion, Clay first entered politics in Kentucky’s state house of ...

  6. Henry Clay - People - Department History - Office of the ...

    Henry Clay was appointed Secretary of State by President John Quincy Adams on March 7, 1825. Clay entered his duties on the same day and served until March 3, 1829. Famous as the “Great Pacificator” for his contributions to domestic policy, he emphasized economic development in his diplomacy.

  7. Henry Clay’s 10 Most Significant Accomplishments - Ashland

    Henry Clay was “The Great Compromiser.” As a statesman for the Union, his skills of negotiation and compromise proved invaluable in helping to hold the country together for the first half of the 19th century. His compromises quelled regionalism and balanced states’ rights and national interests.

  8. Henry Clay was one of the most powerful and politically significant Americans of the early 19th century. Though he was never elected president, he held enormous influence in the U.S. Congress. A part of his legacy that survives to the present day is that it was Clay who first made the position of speaker of the house one of the centers of power ...

  9. Henry Clay and Slavery – Henry Clay - Ashland

    Henry Clay engineered three compromises to keep the Union together. He is famously known as the Great Compromiser. The compromises dealt with the expansion of the young nation and slavery’s place in it. The compromises spelled out where slavery could exist and under what terms.

  10. How a suggested name for a Hanover school plans to honor ...

    -- The reconsolidated school of Henry Clay and John Gandy Elementary is one step closer to getting a new name. A school board-appointed committee met on Tuesday night to come up with a name to...

  11. Henry Clay summary | Britannica

    Henry Clay, (born April 12, 1777, Hanover county, Va., U.S.—died June 29, 1852, Washington, D.C.), U.S. politician. He practiced law from 1797 in Virginia and then in Kentucky, where he served in the state legislature (1803–09).