Henry Clay; The Great Compromiser; A Brief Estimate of His Place in American History

Henry Clay; The Great Compromiser; A Brief Estimate of His Place in American History

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...he had finished his public career, and was content to retire to his farm and his family. That he was sincere is seen in the fact that he declined to be returned to the House, and rejected the suggestion that he should go to the Kentucky legislature. Yet scarcely a year passed till we find him making a political pilgrimage through the south; and in 1831 he entered the senate of the United States, where he strove with Webster and Calhoun for leadership in that body when it was at the zenith of its fame. For eleven years he remained in the senate. During this period, he was. once a candidate for president; and, later in 1840, he sought the nomination from the Whigs in vain; for, on the ground of availability, it went to Harrison, a man vastly his inferior in mental ability, and in real qualifications for the office. However it was during these years that Clay reached the height of his power. Yet it seemed that fate was ever against him. In one way or another he was prevented from testing his theories in actual measures. When Congress was with him Jackson as president blocked his way. 'Later when the House was won he was in a minority in the Senate. Finally in 1841, House, Senate and President were all seemingly in harmony with him. He outlined his plans. He went to Washington full of hope. At last he could press his measures to a test. But this time the frailty of human life balked his plans; for, only one month after his inauguration Harrison died. Tyler became president, only to quarrel with Clay, and to veto many of his pet measures. Clay strove for a year, and finally saw two of his plans successful, one negative the other positive. The SubTreasury law was repealed; and a moderately protective tariff act was placed on the statute book....show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236852753
  • 9781236852755