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Henry Clay : the man who would be president

Author: James C Klotter
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Charismatic, charming, and one of the best orators of his era, Henry Clay seemed to have it all. He offered a comprehensive plan of change for America, and he directed national affairs as Speaker of the House, as Secretary of State to John Quincy Adams--the man he put in office--and as acknowledged leader of the Whig party. As the broker of the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850, Henry Clay fought to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Klotter, James C.
Henry Clay.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017053862
Named Person: Henry Clay; Henry Clay; Henry Clay; Henry Clay
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James C Klotter
ISBN: 9780190498047 0190498048
OCLC Number: 1008976918
Description: xix, 510 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Preparation --
2. Politics --
3. Personality --
4. Programs --
5. Presidential Candidate I --
6. President Maker --
7. Protagonists --
8. Presidential Candidate II --
9. Peculiar Institutions --
10. Party --
11. Presidential Candidate III --
12. Planter and Paterfamilias --
13. Presidential Candidate IV --
14. Presidential Candidate V --
15. Pacificator --
and Peace --
16. Postscript.
Responsibility: James C. Klotter.

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"Charismatic, charming, and one of the best orators of his era, Henry Clay seemed to have it all. He offered a comprehensive plan of change for America, and he directed national affairs as Speaker of the House, as Secretary of State to John Quincy Adams--the man he put in office--and as acknowledged leader of the Whig party. As the broker of the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850, Henry Clay fought to keep a young nation united when westward expansion and slavery threatened to tear it apart. Yet, despite his talent and achievements, Henry Clay never became president. Three times he received Electoral College votes, twice more he sought his party's nomination, yet each time he was defeated. Alongside fellow senatorial greats Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun, Clay was in the mix almost every moment from 1824 to 1848. Given his prominence, perhaps the years should be termed not the Jacksonian Era but rather the Age of Clay."--Dust jacket.

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