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Henry Clay to William B. Craig, 1845 December 3

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Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey


Henry Clay to William B. Craig


1845 December 3


University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged by format.

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2011MS182: [identification of item], Henry Clay to William B. Craig, 1845 December 3, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.1 Cubic feet

1 box


Born in Virginia, Henry Clay (1777-1852) studied law before moving to Lexington, Kentucky in 1797. In Kentucky, Clay became a prominent spokesman for the West. He was a member (1803-1806) and Speaker (1807-1810) of the Kentucky legislature and represented Kentucky as a United States Senator (1806-1807, 1810-1811, 1831-1842, and 1849-1852) and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1811-1814, 1815-1821, and 1823-1824). During all but one of his years of service in the House of Representatives, he served as Speaker. Clay also became John Quincy Adams' Secretary of State (1825-1829) after an unsuccessful campaign for the Presidency (1824) as the Whig Party candidate. His efforts to avoid dissolution of the Union over the slavery issue included the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850.

Scope and Content

The collection contains one letter from Henry Clay to William B. Craig written for the purpose of providing Craig with Clay's autograph. Additionally, the collection includes three pictures of Henry Clay.


  • Conway Barker.
  • Correspondence.
  • Portraits.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

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