By Judy Wade
Henry Clay was an American statesman, loved by many because of his personal magnetism and detested by others because of his elaborate scheming.
Clay was born April 12, 1777, in Hanover, Va., the seventh of nine children.
He studied law and became a successful lawyer. Leader of the Whig party and five times an unsuccessful United States presidential candidate, he played a major role in national politics for more than 40 years.
He served as Secretary of State, Speaker of the House of Representatives and as a Senator.
Clay opposed slavery and defended the rights of the Five Civilized Tribes. He passed away in 1852.
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