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The MentellesMary Todd Lincoln, Henry Clay, and the Immigrant Family Who Educated Antebellum Kentucky$
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Randolph Paul Runyon

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813175386

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813175386.001.0001

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A Most Worthy Family

A Most Worthy Family

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(p.187) 13 A Most Worthy Family
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The Mentelles
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Randolph Paul Runyon

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813175386.003.0014

The Mentelles' daughter Mary marries Henry Clay's son Thomas Hart Clay in 1837. Many letters pass between Henry and Charlotte, and later her daughter Mary, especially when he is away in Washington as Secretary of State and Senator. In 1840 Thomas Hart Clay and Waldemar Mentelle, Jr. form a partnership in the hemp business, but suffer such a financial loss in 1842 that Henry Clay is forced to mortgage Ashland. Waldemar Sr. publishes articles on agriculture and equine medicine. In letters to friends, both Charlotte and Waldemar look back on their years in Gallipolis as the happiest, or at least the most carefree, of their lives. He dies in 1846.

Keywords:   Waldemar Mentelle, Charlotte Mentelle, Waldemar Mentelle Jr, Mary Mentelle Clay, Thomas Hart Clay, Henry Clay, hemp, agriculture, horses

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