Definition: Statesman who
became known as "The Great Compromiser" for his ability to
get people to compromise. He made a name for himself in the
House of Representatives, as one of the first members of the
new Whig Party. He was known as a "War Hawk," someone who
wanted war with Great Britain. He welcomed the war but also
welcomed the peace, helping negotiate the treaty that ended
that war. He was the author of the Missouri Compromise,
which attempted the solve the Slavery Crisis. He served as
Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams and himself ran
unsuccessfully for president three times.
An overview of the time in which Clay lived.
on the Web:
of Henry Clay
The man and his accomplishments come alive in this
Speech Endorsing War
Read the words of the Great War Hawk himself urging war with
Great Britain in 1811.
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