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  • Henry Clay’s tombstone reads: "I know no North - no South - no East - no West."
  • Another was Henry Clay’s Speeches, and another was Dr. Gunn’s Family Medicine, which told you all about what to do if a body was sick or dead.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He removed his large Henry Clay decisively and his large fierce eyes scowled intelligently over all their faces.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • In 1820 a law was passed to admit Maine and Missouri into the Union together, one free, the other slave, as part of Henry Clay’s first great compromise.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • That same year, 1827, Henry Clay, who was still Secretary of State, appealed to the Canadian Government again.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • With his morbid compulsion for honesty he was too modest to pose coarsely and blatantly as a Henry Clay or James G. Blaine might pose.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • These factors, coupled with the increasing popularity and vocal denunciations of the new Whig party led by Henry Clay, were quickly eroding popular support.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • So again the decision was left to the House of Representatives, where Speaker of the House Henry Clay used his influence to make John Quincy Adams president.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I walked her to the House of Representatives, then walked her back to the Senate, where we watched a man addressing an empty room, and I lectured her about Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Thaddeus Stevens, and—in a reprise of my assault on Herb—told her what a bicameral legislature was.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up

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  • But wheezing and coughing fitfully, Henry Clay made his way through the snowdrifts to the home of Daniel Webster.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • But Henry Clay had a plan—a plan for another Great58 Compromise to preserve the nation.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The man upon whom Henry Clay called that wintry night was one of the most extraordinary figures in American political history.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • And thus Henry Clay knew he must enlist these extraordinary talents on behalf of his Great Compromise.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • How could Henry Clay then hope to win approval to such a plan from Daniel Webster of Massachusetts?
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • And thus on that fateful January night, Daniel Webster promised Henry Clay his conditional support, and took inventory of the crisis about him.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • But some time during his eighteenth or nineteenth year Abraham went through a political conversion, became a National Republican, and cast his first vote, in 1832, for Henry Clay.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • We may remember how John Quincy Adams became President through the political schemes of Henry Clay, but we have forgotten how, as a young man, he gave up a promising Senatorial career to stand by the nation.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Though he lacked the intellectual resources of Webster and Calhoun, Henry Clay nevertheless had visions of a greater America beyond those held by either of his famous colleagues.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • That secession did not occur in 1850 instead of 1861 is due in great part to Daniel Webster, who was in large measure responsible for the country’s acceptance of Henry Clay’s compromise.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • In 1848, when he was still in Congress, Lincoln threw in his lot with the shrewd Whig leaders who preferred the ill-equipped but available Zachary Taylor to the party’s elder statesman, Henry Clay, as presidential candidate.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • Henry Clay of Kentucky—bold, autocratic and magnetic, fiery in manner with a charm so compelling that an opponent once declined a meeting which would subject him to the appeal of Harry of the West.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • ) (The subsheriff Long John Fanning appears, smoking a pungent Henry Clay.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster believed that this compromise would heal the rapidly growing breach between the North and the South.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • For the Compromise of 1850 added to Henry Clay’s garlands as the great Pacificator; but Daniel Webster’s support, which insured its success, resulted in his political crucifixion, and, for half a century or more, his historical condemnation.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • By 1826 there were so many fugitive slaves living in Canada that plantation owners in Maryland and Kentucky persuaded Henry Clay, then Secretary of State, to ask the Canadian Government to work out a plan whereby these fugitives, worth thousands of dolltirs, could be lawfully returned to their owners.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • We shall note well the courage of Webster, Benton and Houston; but if we are to understand the times that made their featsheroic, we must first note the leadership of the two Senate giants who formed with Webster the most outstanding triumvirate the Senate has ever known, Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • He was six feet, two inches tall; a graduate of Yale University; a Member of Congress at the age of twenty-nine; a War Hawk who joined Henry Clay in driving the United States into the War of 1812; a nationalist who turned sectionalist in the 1820’s as the economic pressures of the tariff began to tell on the agricultural economy of South Carolina.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Henry Clay, who should have known, said compromise was the cement that held the Union together:All legislation …. is founded upon the principle of mutual concession…… Let him who elevates himself above humanity, above its weaknesses, its infirmities, its wants, its necessities, say, if he pleases, "I never will compromise"; but let no one who is not above the frailties of our common nature disdain compromise.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • With three others also nominated, and all, like John Quincy, avowed Republicans—William Crawford of Georgia, Henry Clay of Kentucky, and General Andrew Jackson of Tennessee—it became a crowded contest of "increasing heat."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Among the acquaintances and colleagues who march across the pages of his diary are Sam Adams (a kinsman), John Hancock, Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Lafayette, John Jay, James Madison, James Monroe, John Marshall, Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Hart Benton, John Tyler, John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, Lincoln, James Buchanan, William Lloyd Garrison, Andrew Johnson, Jefferson Davis and many others.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • With all his faults and failings, Daniel Webster was undoubtedly the most talented figure in our Congressional history: not in his ability to win men to a cause—he was no match in that with Henry Clay; not in his ability to hammer out a philosophy of government—Calhoun outshone him there; but in his ability to make alive and supreme the latent sense of oneness, of Union, that all Americans felt but which few could express.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • And when the Boston Whigs urged that the party platform take credit for the Clay Compromise, of which, they said, "Daniel Webster, with the concurrence of Henry Clay and other profound statesmen, was the author," Senator Corwin of Ohio was reported to have commented sarcastically, "And I, with the concurrence of Moses and some extra help, wrote the Ten Commandments."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Bloom’s bodyguard distribute Maundy money, commemoration medals, loaves and fishes, temperance badges, expensive Henry Clay cigars, free cowbones for soup, rubber preservatives in sealed envelopes tied with gold thread, butter scotch, pineapple rock, billets doux in the form of cocked hats, readymade suits, porringers of toad in the hole, bottles of Jeyes’ Fluid, purchase stamps, 40 days’ indulgences, spurious coins, dairyfed pork sausages, theatre passes, season tickets available for…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Not even John Calhoun, who had fought him for years, was impervious to his fascination: "I don’t like Henry Clay.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • U.S. Senator and Whig Party leader Henry Clay held little of his feelings back, saying that the society’s work was a blessing because it would eventually "rid our country of a useless, pernicious, and dangerous portion of the population.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • That an ambitious youth should look to the more solid citizens of his community for political guidance was natural and expedient; the men Lincoln most respected in the Indiana town of his boyhood were National Republicans, great admirers of Henry Clay; and as Dennis Hanks mournfully recalled, Lincoln himself "allways Loved Hen Clay’s speaches.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • One day, I’m Mr. Twickem, from New Orleans; ’nother day, I’m just come from my plantation on Pearl river, where I works seven hundred niggers; then, again, I come out a distant relation of Henry Clay, or some old cock in Kentuck.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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