Named one of the greatest senators in us history, henry clay was a 19th century american politician and a friend of napoleon's brother, joseph bonaparte though henry clay never held the country's highest office, he had as much impact on the united states as most presidents of his era clay was a strong supporter of. As the newly created united states of america gained its footing in the world, henry clay saw the need for cooperation to preserve what would become the political and military conflict were something he saw from a young age, and it is no small surprise the young clay sought a career in public service,. His long career in national politics spanned almost fifty years: he was first elected to the us senate in 1806 and subsequently served in the house of representatives, as speaker of the house, and as secretary of state upon his death, clay was best known as a four-time-unsuccessful presidential candidate and senator. Henry clay: america's greatest statesman award-winning historian remini has written the definitive biography on controversial 19th-century politician clay of kentucky remini's all facets of clay's life are examined, especially much new information about his private life and how it influenced his public political career. Two more times in his political career would clay step in as lead negotiator and prevent a breakup of the still young united states in 1833 he walked south carolina back from the brink of secession at issue was a series of international tariffs on us exports that had been sparked by american tariffs on.
In 1806, despite being too young to meet the us constitutional requirement that senators be at least 30 at the time they take office, 29-year-old henry clay took a seat in the us senate his political success continued throughout the next decade he was appointed speaker of the house, won another us senate election,. If there's one thing you need to know about this guy, it's that he was very, very important henry clay loved the united states born right after 1776 in virginia, he was born and raised american elected to the house of representatives at 34 and. Henry clay was an important political leader and public servant in the united states during the nineteenth century clay was born on april 12, 1777, in hanover county clay began his political career as a devoted member of the democratic-republican party during the war of 1812, clay was a war hawk, a strong.
Biographies of the secretaries of state: henry clay (1777–1852) he became a leading real estate and business lawyer in frankfort, kentucky and soon embarked on a career in politics clay was after his tenure as secretary of state, clay returned to the us senate from 1831 to 1842 and from 1849 to 1852 clay's. Library of congress web site | external web sites | selected bibliography featured digital collection a century of lawmaking for a new nation: us congressional documents and debates, 1774-1875 this collection contains a large selection of congressional material related to henry clay's political career as a us. Henry clay was an influential politician in the nineteenth century america check out this biography to know about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.
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 us congress clay's oratorical abilities were legendary, and spectators would flock to the capitol when it was known he. Henry clay had a long political career he served as a state legislator, member of the us house of representatives, us senator, and secretary of state under the banners of different political parties, he ran for president three times and lost each time his passion was to preserve the union his method was compromise. He soon developed considerable personal property and began his association with the conservative landed classes that would continue through his lifetime belonging to the jeffersonian-republican party, clay became interested in politics in kentucky he supported emancipation of slaves and voiced opposition to the.
Henry clay of kentucky had one of the most superlative political careers in american history as speaker—and resigned from the speakership—on three separate occasions, but the exact timeline of his house career isn't as straightforward as we might expect from one of america's foremost statesmen. Henry clay was the most distinguished statesman and politician of the antebellum era serving as a congressman legacy throughout his life, henry clay fought for a functioning and powerful national government that could support the states and promote economic self-sufficiency his american system. The epic life and times of one of the most important political figures in our history he was the great compromiser, a canny and colorful legislator and leader whose life mirrors the story of america from its founding until the eve of the civil war speaker of the house, senator, secretary of state, five-time presidential candidate,. See also life of henry clay until this series of american political biographies was undertaken there had been a lack of important critical lives of american statesmen and it is a feature of the biography that so many of the leading men of clay's time have their characters admirably sketched for us here.
Clay, henry, (father of james brown clay), a senator and a representative from kentucky born in the district known as “the slashes,” hanover county, va, april member, state house of representatives 1803 elected as a democratic republican to the united states senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of. Henry clay oil canvas portrait of henry clay by henry f darby, ca1858 united states senator from kentucky in office march 5, 1849 – june 29, 1852 preceded by henry clay, sr (april 12, 1777 – june 29, 1852) was an american politician from kentucky he served in the house early life and education childhood. Leave aside the long career of over hall a century in almost every office but number one, and examine clay in the context of his private life, at home in kentucky to henry clay, ashland meant many things—a refuge from the frustrations of politics, a delightful and healing contact with nature, an ideal place in which to rear.
This past february, senator rand paul (r-ky) used his maiden speech on the senate floor to attack one of his home state's most cherished historical heroes standing at henry clay's senate desk, paul criticized the legacy of the great compromiser “henry clay's life story is, at best, a mixed message”. Clay's life-style was that of the frontier south and west he drank and gambled through the night for high stakes john quincy adams commented, in politics, as in private life, clay is essentially a gamester he fought two duels, one in 1809 and the other in 1826 this did not hinder a public career in young america, and. Historical background henry clay (1777 - 1852) was a major powerhouse in american politics during the nineteenth century his long career began when he was elected to the house of representatives in 1811 at the age of 34, and over the next 40 years he served in various positions including speaker of the house,.