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Henry Clay letters, 1801

Part of Henry Clay letters

46m95Clay, Henry lettersHenry Clay letters, 1801-1843 46M95Amanda HannerUniversity of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center2014 April 3Special Collections Research CenterMargaret I. King Building, NorthLexington 40506-0039SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDUURL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-08-15 10:44:11 -0400.Describing Archives: A Content Standard English University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center Henry Clay letters Clay, Henry, 1777-1852 46M95 0.22 Cubic Feet 1 box 1801-1843 The Henry Clay papers (dated 1801-1843; 0.22 cubic feet; 1 boxes) comprise letters, a court report, and a print of Henry Clay. The bulk of the papers consist of letters from Henry Clay to Francis Taliaferro Brooke, a prominent political figure and Virginia Supreme Court judge from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Biographical note Congressman, politician, and senator Henry Clay was born on April 12, 1777, in Ashland, Virginia, to John Clay (1754-1781) and Elizabeth Hudson (1750-1829). He studied law in Richmond, Va. and finished his studies in 1797. 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. Additionally, Clay served as John Quincy Adams' Secretary of State (1825-1829) and ran unsuccessfully for President in 1824, 1832, and 1844. His efforts in the Legislature to avoid dissolution of the Union over the slavery issue included the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850. He married Lucretia Hart (1781-1864) in 1799; they had 11 children. Clay died on June 29, 1852 in Washington, D.C. and was buried in Lexington, Kentucky. Scope and Contents The Henry Clay papers (dated 1801-1843; 0.22 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise letters, a court report, and a print of Henry Clay. The bulk of the papers consist of letters from Henry Clay to Francis Taliaferro Brooke, a prominent political figure and Virginia Supreme Court judge from Fredericksburg, Virginia. The letters mainly deal with political affairs such as state election results, presidential candidates, and tariffs. The remainder of the letters relate to William H. Crawford, the Secretary of the Treasury (1816-1825), and to Martin Van Buren, former president of the United States (1833-1837). The letters detail the building of an observatory, Department of State elections, and 1828 election opinions. Additional papers include a court report from John and Philip Earle dealing with a report of decree for legal allowances and a print portrait of Henry Clay. Preferred Citation 46m95: [identification of item], Henry Clay papers, 1801-1843, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Conditions Governing Use The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. United States -- Politics and government. Public policy and politics Kentucky -- History. Political letter writing. Crawford, William Harris Brooke, Francis Taliaferro Clay, Henry, 1777-1852 Van Buren, Martin Gilpin, Henry Dilworth Clay, Henry, 1777-1852 Henry Clay letters to Francis Brooke1801-182311Henry Clay letters to Francis Brooke182412Henry Clay letters to Francis Brooke1825-182713Henry Clay letters to Francis Brooke182814Henry Clay letters to Francis Brooke1829-183015Henry Clay letters to Francis Brooke1831-183316Henry Clay letters to Francis Brooke1836-184117Henry Clay letter to William H. Crawford1828 February 18 18William H. Crawford letter to General Samuel Smith1821 January 319Martin Van Buren letter to Henry Dilsworth Gilpin1843110Henry Clay portrait, engraving18381111John and Philip Earle court record1837 July 17 1112 Henry Clay letters