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Henry Clay letter to Joshua R. Giddings, Falls of Niagara : autograph manuscript signed
1839 July 13
University of Kentucky Special Collections
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2011MS005 : [identification of item], Henry Clay letter to Joshua R. Giddings, Falls of Niagara : autograph manuscript signed, 1839 July 13, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
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Born in Virginia, Clay 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.
Clay discusses his travels through the Great Lakes and Canada and briefly mentions his chief rival, William Henry Harrison, in the upcoming 1840 presidential election.
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