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Henry Clay

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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.

Related Resources:
The 19th Century
An overview of the time in which Clay lived.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Biography of Henry Clay
The man and his accomplishments come alive in this fascinating biography.

Clay's Speech Endorsing War
Read the words of the Great War Hawk himself urging war with Great Britain in 1811.

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