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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 integrated a national …

  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...

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  6. 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.

  7. Henry Clay was born in Virginia on April 12, 1777. His family was relatively prosperous for their area, but in later years the legend arose that Clay grew up in extreme poverty. Clay's father died when Henry was four years old, and his mother remarried. When Henry was a teenager the family moved westward to Kentucky, and Henry stayed in Virginia.

  8. 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. Henry Clay, Ninth Secretary of State

  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. Henry Clay (1777-1852) - Find a Grave Memorial

    When his father died in 1781, his mother married Captain Henry Watkins, who used his influence to get young Henry a job as a clerk in Peter Tinsley's chancery office. There he earned his license to practice law in Virginia. At the age of 20, Clay moved to Kentucky, where he soon established a reputation as a highly successful trial lawyer.

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