Born on April 12, 1777, Henry Clay was raised in Hanover Country, Virginia. His father, a Baptist minister who went by the name Sir John, owned 22 slaves, which made him part of the “planter” class, (class of men who owned 20 or more slaves). Henry’s father died when he was 4 years old, and left Henry an inheritance of 2 slaves. Henry was the 7th born of of 9 children. He grew up in an above average house, and his mother owned 18 slaves and 474 acres of land after her husbands death.
The Chancellor took an active interest in Clay's future and got him a position with Virginia's Attorney General Robert Brooke. Young Henry Clay then went on to the College of William and Mary to receive his formal legal education, and ... ... middle of paper ... ...ct. Clay had a problem with alcohol, gambling and on three occasions challenged a man to duel over a small insult. Thankfully for the nation all involved were horrible shots. He personally owned slaves, but worked to abolish slavery as a part of the American Colonization Society. Henry Clay died on June 29, 1852 in Washington at the age of 75.
In 1776 he was chosen to draft the Declaration of Independence, “which has been regarded ever since as a charter of American and universal liberties” (Brief…Jefferson, 2005). The same year he also left Congress, he returned to Virginia and served in the legislature, and was elected governor from 1779-81. In 1874, in France he entered public service again, “first as trade commissioner an then as Benjamin Franklin’s successor as minister” (Brief…Jefferson, 2005). According to Brief…Biography article, in 1790 Jefferson accepted the post of secretary of state under his friend George Washington. In 1794, he defeated Adams for president of the United States, and the first notable achievements of his term as president were the purchased of Louisiana Purchased Territory in 1803 and of course his support of the Le... ... middle of paper ... ...as a bit too much.
Early Life Zachary Taylor was born on November 24, 1784 near Gordonsville, Virginia. His parents, Richard and Mary Strother moved to Kentucky after she was born. Richard, his father served in the American Revolutionary War as a lieutenant colonel. As a third child out of nine, he spent his childhood in the frontier of Kentucky. They lived in a small cabin, but then moved to a brick house when they gained prosperity.
His mother, Jane Randolph was a member of one of the most distinguished families in Virginia . Peter Jefferson died when Thomas was 14 and left him valuable lands and property. Denied a formal education himself, he directed that his son be given complete classical training. He studied with Reverend Mr. Maury, a classical scholar, for two years and in 1760 he attended William and Mary College. After graduating from William and Mary in 1762, Jefferson studied law for five years under George Wythe.
New circumstances let Daniel Webster become a champion of American nationalism. With the Federalist Party dead, he joined the National Republican party, he joined with Westerner Henry Clay and then endorsing federal aid for roads in the West. In 1828, since Massachusettses had shifted the economic interest from shipping to manufacturing, Webster decided to back the high-tariff bill of that year to help the small new manufacturing businesses grow. Angry souther... ... middle of paper ... ...sue of expansion of slavery. Webster opposed the expansion but feared even more the separation of the union over the dispute of the expansion of slavery.
Thomas Jefferson was interested in being a scientist, after learning that there was no opportunity for a career in science in Virginia he then studied law. In 1767, Thomas Jefferson was admitted to the bar in 1769, when Jefferson public career started he already owned more than twenty-five hundred acres that he inherited from his father who died in 1757. After marring his wife Martha Wayles Skelton whom was a young widow his property doubled. After the death of Martha’s parents, his property doubled again. In 1774, A Summary View of the Rights of British America was the first of Thomas Jefferson major political writings for the revolutionary debate.
Calhoun was a very outspoken proponent of the institution of slavery, he defended that it was a "positive good" in place of a "necessary evil" . Daniel Webster was born in the same year as his friend John Calhoun, in 1782.January 18. He was born in New Hampshire but lived in Massachusetts for most of his life. He graduated from Dartmouth College where he studied law in 180... ... middle of paper ... ...nt of the territory south of the river ohio after the year 1791. Jackson was elected delegate to the Tennessee constitutional convention in 1796.
Jefferson Finis Davis was born between 1807 and 1808, his elders were unsure of the exact date, to Samuel Emory Davis and Jane Cook, being the youngest of ten siblings who lived in Todd County, Kentucky. Davis was the Confederate president during the American Civil War, 1861 to 1865. In 1846 he resigned his House seat to fight in the Mexican-American War with the Mississippi Rifles, a regiment he established, and served as the colonel. He went on to serve in several other political positions and finished writing A Short History of the Confederate States of America two months before his death in 1889.
John Emerson, also married a woman named Eliza Irene Sanford, daughter of a wealthy Virginia manufacturer, in 1838. In December 1842, shortly after returning to St.Louis, Dr. Emerson died of tuberculosis. His widow, Irene, inherited his entire state and decided to hire out Scott and his family to other families in St.Louis. Finally,after enduring 3 years of separation working for different families, the Scotts took their first step towards being free. In 1846,after an uns... ... middle of paper ... ...hey believed it gave the south the power to expand slavery past their borders and “[threatened] the economic aspirations of free white laborers.”# Although Taney intended to end the slavery debate between the north and south, the Court’s decision had the opposite effect.