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Despite his brilliant service to the country and three separate campaigns, he never attained his greatest ambition—-the presidency. January 19, Resigned the Speakership and resigned from the House to accept a position as commissioner to negotiate the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of It was during his time in the U. Partly due to Clay's hard-line stance, the Treaty of Ghent included relatively favorable terms for the United States, essentially re-establishing the status quo ante bellum between Britain and the U. Campaign biographies later portrayed him as rising from poverty, but that depiction ignored an adequate education and family connections that landed him a clerkship under the celebrated Virginia jurist George Wythe , the judge of the state chancery court in Richmond. In Clay's skill again was tested when South Carolina passed an ordinance that nullified a federally instituted protective tariff. Under Clay's compromise, Missouri was admitted as a slave state and Maine as a free state. The stark presentation of figure against dark ground hints at the pictorial source of the portrait: a daguerreotype of Clay. By , several members of the Democratic-Republican Party had begun exploring presidential bids to succeed Monroe, who planned to retire after two terms like his predecessors. During the War of This is no war of defense, but one of unnecessary and of offensive aggression. Clay delivered before the American Colonization Society in House of Representatives, where he was elected Speaker his first day in office.
Clay, therefore, was of a party. Such a man the times have demanded, and such, in the providence of God was given us. From toand again from toClay distinguished himself as one of the Senate's most effective and influential members. After the settlement of the Missouri question, although a portion of the American people have differed with Mr.
Letcher and Robert Todd, the future father-in-law of Abraham Lincoln. I wouldn't speak to him, but, by God! Clay proved a quick study and was admitted to the bar in Clay to so present the question that a majority could consent to the admission, it was, by a vote, rejected, and as all seemed to think, finally.
The Union, sir, is my country. The stark presentation of figure against dark ground hints at the pictorial source of the portrait: a daguerreotype of Clay. December 1, Elected Speaker for the 18th Congress —
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