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Unidentified Artist  Search this
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Paige & Beach  Search this
Blanchard P. Paige, active c. 1840 - c. 1863  Search this
Henry Clay, 12 Apr 1777 - 29 Jun 1852  Search this
Quarter-plate daguerreotype
Case Open: 11.9 × 18.8 cm (4 11/16 × 7 3/8")
c. 1850 (after 1848 copy daguerreotype)
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Born Hanover County, Virginia
Between 1820 and 1850, charismatic statesman Henry Clay championed a series of legislative compromises that for a time forestalled the breakup of the Union. Clay’s first success as a mediator and conciliator came with ratification of the Missouri Compromise (1820), which preserved the existing balance of slave and free states. In 1833, when South Carolina challenged federal authority and threatened to secede, it was Clay who crafted the compromise that averted this crisis. His crowning achievement in mediating the opposing interests of the North and South came during his final term in the Senate, when he orchestrated passage of the Compromise of 1850.
Interior  Search this
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Henry Clay: Male  Search this
Henry Clay: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Henry Clay: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate  Search this
Henry Clay: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Speaker of the House  Search this
Henry Clay: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of State  Search this
Henry Clay: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Kentucky  Search this
Henry Clay: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Kentucky  Search this
Henry Clay: Politics and Government\US Senator\Kentucky  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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