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Henry Clay
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Politician
    (April 12, 1777-June 29, 1852)
    7th of 9 children in a middle-class family
    Established a law practice in Kentucky (1797)
    Elected to the Kentucky state legislature (1803-1809)
    Speaker, US House of Representatives (1811)
    Lost in the presidential primaries but was made Secretary of State by the winner, John Quincy Adams (1824)
    Elected to the US Senate (1831-1842), (1849-1852)
    Helped shape the Compromise of 1850
    Defeated in the 1832 and 1844 presidential elections
    Died of tuberculosis (1852)
    He engaged in frequent drinking and gambling early in his life.
    He had a duel with a political opponent in which he was slightly wounded.
    Despite his influence, he lost 3 presidential elections.
    He became a member of the failed Whig party.
    He was involved in the 'Corrupt Bargain' in The Election of 1824, when John Qunicy Adams said he would appoint him as Secretary of State if he would support him.
    He was responsible for many of the compromises that dodged the Civil War but didn't prevent it.
    He was very old yet still politically active for a lot of America's history.
    He supported westward expansion, which expanded the US economy and its political power.
    He is considered one of the greatest legislators in US history.
    The nuclear submarine USS Henry Clay is named for him.
    He vehemently opposed slavery but managed to keep the North and South together for years before the Civil War.
    He said: 'I would rather be right than President.'
    When he believed something was right, he would stand up for it, even if it risked his popularity.
    Upon his death, he freed all of his slaves.

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