By David S. Heidler
He used to be the good Compromiser, a canny and colourful legislator whose existence mirrors the tale of the US from its founding until eventually the eve of the Civil warfare. Speaker of the home, senator, secretary of kingdom, five-time presidential candidate, and idol to the younger Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay is captured in complete ultimately during this wealthy and sweeping biography.
David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler current Clay in his early years as a precocious, witty, and confident Virginia farm boy who on the age of twenty remodeled himself into an lawyer. The authors show Clay’s tumultuous occupation in Washington, together with his participation within the deadlocked election of 1824 that haunted him for the remainder of his profession, and shine new gentle on Clay’s marriage to standard, filthy rich Lucretia Hart, a union that lasted fifty-three years and produced 11 children.
Featuring an inimitable helping solid together with Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay is fantastically written and replete with clean anecdotes and insights. Horse dealer and danger taker, arm tornado and funny story teller, Henry Clay was once the consummate baby-kisser who gave floor, made offers, and altered the lives of thousands.
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Louis began pulling on black armbands. Washington, already slowed by summer’s heat, came to a halt. President Millard Fillmore shut down the government, and Congress immediately adjourned. Members scattered to boardinghouses, hotels, and taverns, some to draft eulogies they would deliver the next day in the legislative chambers that Henry Clay had deftly managed for almost a half century. Even after sunset, the bells continued to ring. 2 On June 30, the House of Representatives and the Senate heard recollections of Henry Clay.
The boat, a special charter, had delayed its scheduled departure by an hour. The earliest French explorers called the Ohio “the beautiful river,” and most travelers ever since have agreed. The waters were clear and almost always smooth, resembling polished glass except when southerly breezes rippled them for a few hours, usually at midday. Before there were steamboats, those winds had allowed travelers to make sail and beat upriver against the current. 27 Clay had traveled the Ohio many times. This last trip would carry him on it for the rest of Thursday and into dawn on Friday.
The slow pace took the procession almost an hour to cover the short distance to the Capitol’s portico that opened to the Rotunda. , and shortly afterward they were followed by the congressional chaplains, the pallbearers and the casket, Clay’s son Thomas, friends, senators, representatives, Supreme Court justices, judges, senior military officers, mayors from Washington and other major cities, civic groups, and militiamen. The absolute silence of such a large gathering, especially among the citizens packing the gallery above, was eerie.
Henry Clay: The Essential American by David S. Heidler