Henry Clay

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Career Highlights

  • Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1803
  • U.S. Senate, 1806-07
  • Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1808-09
  • Speaker, Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1809
  • U.S. Senate, 1810-11
  • U.S. House of Representatives (Republican), 1811-14 - resigned January 19, 1814
  • Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, 1811-14
  • Commissioner to peace delegation that negotiated Treaty of Ghent, ending War of 1812
  • U.S. House of Representatives (Republican), 1815-21
  • Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, 1815-21
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 1823-25 - resigned March 6, 1825
  • Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, 1823-25
  • Unsuccessful presidential candidate (Democratic-Republican), 1824
  • Secretary of State, 1825-29
  • U.S. Senate (Whig), 1831-42 - resigned March 31, 1842
  • Unsuccesful presidential candidate (National Republican), 1832
  • Unsuccessful presidential candidate (Whig), 1844
  • U.S. Senate, 1849-52

Fun Facts!

  • Father of Rep. James Brown Clay
  • First served in the Senate at age 29, despite Constitutional age requirements[1]

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