Henry Clay : The Man Who Would Be President Hardback
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 directed national affairs as Speaker of the House, Secretary of State to John Quincy Adams-the man he put in office-and acknowledged leader of the Whig party.
As the broker of the Missouri Compromise and Compromise of 1850, Henry Clay fought to keep a young nation united when westward expansion and slaverythreatened to tear it apart.
Yet, despite all that talent and all those real assets, Henry Clay never became president.
Three times he received Electoral College votes, twice more he sought his party's nomination, but he lost each time.
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.
This book is not a biography, though many biographical elements inform it, for only by knowing Clay the man can we understand Clay the politician.
Instead, it uses new research and offers a more focused, nuanced explanation of Clay's programs and politics to provide answers to the question of why the man they called "The Great Rejected" never won the presidency but did win the accolades of history.
James Klotter's fresh outlook reveal that the best monument to Henry Clay is the fact that theUnited States remains one country, one nation, one example of a successful democracy, still working, still changing, still reflecting his spirit.
The appeal of Henry Clay and his emphasis on compromise still resonate in a society seeking less partisanship and more efforts at conciliation.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 536 pages, 16
- Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
- Publication Date: 16/08/2018
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9780190498047