Henry Clay, America's Greatest Statesman

Henry Clay, America's Greatest Statesman

Book - 2015 | First Da Capo Press edition
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Baker & Taylor
Details the life and political career of the youngest man ever elected Speaker of the House, discussing how his political manuevers held a divided nation together for fifty years.

Perseus Publishing
A compelling new biography of America's most powerful Speaker of the House, who held the divided nation together for three decades and who was Lincoln's guiding light

In a critical and little-known chapter of early American history, author Harlow Giles Unger tells how a fearless young Kentucky lawyer threw open the doors of Congress during the nation's formative years and prevented dissolution of the infant American republic.

The only freshman congressman ever elected Speaker of the House, Henry Clay brought an arsenal of rhetorical weapons to subdue feuding members of the House of Representatives and established the Speaker as the most powerful elected official after the President. During fifty years in public service-as congressman, senator, secretary of state, and four-time presidential candidate-Clay constantly battled to save the Union, summoning uncanny negotiating skills to force bitter foes from North and South to compromise on slavery and forego secession. His famous "Missouri Compromise" and four other compromises thwarted civil war "by a power and influence," Lincoln said, "which belonged to no other statesman of his age and times."

Explosive, revealing, and richly illustrated, Henry Clay is the story of one of the most courageous-and powerful-political leaders in American History.

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This biography traces the life and career of Henry Clay (1777-1852), who was a congressman, Speaker of the House, senator, and secretary of state. Clay was an orphan from Virginia who became a lawyer and married into a wealthy family in Lexington, Kentucky. He promoted a network of roads, bridges, and canals to link the states and territories, and argued for national unity along with the emancipation of slaves. He ran for president and lost four times, influenced Lincoln, and created compromises like the Missouri Compromise to stop civil war. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Boston : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9780306823916
Branch Call Number: 328.7309 CLAY UNGER
Characteristics: xviii, 318 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Jul 25, 2016

Quite readable, and an engaging story. The telling is not sentimental, but factual, with a good sense for the constellation of historical personalities - John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun, Abraham Lincoln - who sweep around this man's extraordinary life.


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