A Just Leader, Henry Clay

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A Just Leader, Henry Clay
Former Secretary of State, Henry clay, was born on April 12, 1777 in Hanover County, Virginia. Henry Clay’s parents were Reverend John Clay and Elizabeth Hudson Clay and in addition to him they had six children. Reverend John Clay died in 1781 when Henry Clay was only four years old. His father’s death resulted in a meager upbringing in which continued even when his mother remarried. As a young boy, he obtained a public education in a small rural school in Virginia and to assist his family financially he found employment plowing fields; working in mills; and eventually as a store clerk. Henry Clay married the daughter of Colonel Thomas Hart, Lucretia Hart on April 11, 1799 and together they had eleven children.
Mr. Clay’s step-father had influential friends that were able to acquire a position as a law clerk for the young Mr. Clay although he was considered unqualified. Henry Clay was brought up during the Revolutionary War; he had a first-hand look at what took place during a period of war. These two experiences combined are what influenced him to go to the College of William & Mary and pursue law. “After a minimal formal education, Clay read law and gained admission to the bar in both Virginia and Kentucky in 1797. He became a leading real estate and business lawyer in Frankfort, Kentucky and soon embarked on a career in politics”(Henry Clay - People - Department History - Office of the Historian). It can be said that his winning personality…
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