• The Great Compromiser Henry Clay Became Most Influential Political Figure Of His Era

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    HENRY CLAY (April 12, 1777 – June 29, 1852) was an American attorney and statesman who represented Kentucky in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. He served as seventh speaker of the House and as the 9th U.S. Secretary of State.  Although he never won the presidency, he received electoral votes in the 1824, 1832 and 1844 presidential elections and helped found the National Republican Party and the Whig Party. Clay earned the title of the “Great Compromiser,” for his role in passing the Compromise of 1850, which resolved a crisis over the status of slavery in the territories.  He is generally regarded as one of the most important and influential political figures of his era.


    Offering his autograph with sentiments, 1 ¾ x 3 ½, “With great respect I am your obedient Servant H. Clay.”  The autograph has been attached by a collector to a larger sheet together with a contemporary image of Clay and several of his quotes, including “An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and brake their fetters.”  This particular quote is ironic since Clay had extreme prejudices against American Indians.  Verso contains an unrelated image of Jacob Javits.  The autograph can be excised from the page.


    The autograph and sentiments are in excellent condition.


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