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The Family Legacy of Henry Clay
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The Family Legacy of Henry Clay: In the Shadow of a Kentucky Patriarch

Lindsey Apple

Abstract

Known as the Great Compromiser, Kentuckian Henry Clay left a valuable legacy to his country by defining the role of Speaker of the House, envisioning a plan, the American System, that foretold the economic development of the nation, and fashioning compromises that postponed civil war until a southern victory was far less likely. He failed, however, to become president, and scholars have placed some blame on his family. This work investigates how his career affected his family and how the family impacted his career. While laboring to form a mature nation, Clay sought to establish a successful f ... More

Keywords: great compromiser, economic development, American system, family loyalty, business, service, patriarch, tuberculosis, mood disorders, American family

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813134109
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813134109.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lindsey Apple, author