Henry Clay Letters

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Date: 1825-1851
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Abstract
Biographical/Historical Note:
Henry Clay was a statesman, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State, founder of the Whig party and a five time Presidential candidate.

Scope and Content Note:
Letters regarding various aspects of Clay’s political career, including his opposition towards Andrew Jackson and Jacksonism and details of his race against Zachary Taylor to be nominated for Whig Presidential candidate. The letters express opinions on South Carolina’s 1830 threat of secession, the Bank of the U.S., candidates for the vice presidency, the temperance movement, and slavery.

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