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Henry Clay Biography

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Mr. Henry Clay was born on April 12, 1777, in Hanover County, Virginia. Where Henry lived it was a house for a common planter at that time. His family had owned over 22 slaves, they were known as the planter class in Virginia. Reverend John Clay father of Henry was a Baptist minister and nicknamed “SIR John”. Henry’s mom Elizabeth Hudson Clay had nine children and Mr. Henry Clay was the seventh of the nine. Henry hadn’t actually went to school for education, his stepfather had set his unemployment in the office of Virginia Court of Chancery, where he had to display an aptitude of law. Soon as time went by Henry friend George Wythe, choose Henry as his secretary. Henry clay reminded secretary for four years, than Whyte arranged a position for him with Virginia attorney general, Robert Brooke.Clay was admitted to study law in 1797, which was a customary education at that time. After beginning his law career, on April 11, 1799, Clay married Lucretia Hart at the Hart home in Lexington, Kentucky. She was known to be a sister of Captain Nathaniel G. S. Hart, who died in the Massacre of the River Raisin in the War of 1812.Clay and his wife had eleven children, six daughters and five sons. Seven of them died before their parents and by 1835 the six daughter had died of many different types of causes. Both of them were married for almost fifty years.
Mr. Henry Clay’s political career had kicked off in the year of 1803 when he was elected to become a part of the Kentucky General Assembly. Voters gravitated toward Clay's Jeffersonian politics, which early on was seen him push for a liberalization of the state's constitution. He was very strongly opposing the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. Henry work as an attorney which had brought him su...

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...y W.L.G. Smith, is dedicated to his memory, Clay's Will freed all the slaves he held. By that time of his death, there were only two sons alive of Henry Clay who sons were James Brown Clay and John Morrison Clay, they later inherited the estate and took some of portions for use. For several years (1866–1878), James Clay allowed the mansion to be used as a residence were theydid Kentucky University, later to the present day the University of Kentucky later became Transylvania University. The mansion and estate were rebuilt and remodeled by later descendants. John Clay designated all his portion of the estate as Ashland Stud, which he devoted the breeding thoroughbred horses, because he loved horses. Widely respected for his contributions to the country, later in the days Henry Clay had the funeral ceremonies which was held in New York (American National Biography).
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