Saturday, November 3, 2018
Kentucky's Clay Family: Henry Clay
Henry Clay was dead by the time the Civil War started, but he had a lot to do with the events leading up to it. Green Clay was a cousin of his.
April 12, 1777 to June 29, 1852
Was an American lawyer, planter and statesman who represented Kentucky in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Also served three terms as Speaker of the House. Ran for presidency three times He was one of the few politicians involved with the years from 1811 to 1850 where he defined issues, proposed national solutions and created the Whig Party.
He was born in Virginia and moved to Kentucky. In 1810, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and became Speaker of the House. As a leading War Hawk, he helped guide the United States into the War of 1812.