Henry Clay had been a member of the Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and Whig Parties. He was a lawyer, skilled orator, and politician. He founded the Whig Party and ran for president three times. Clay represented Kentucky in both the House and Senate and was Speaker of the House for three terms, as well as, secretary of state from 1825-1829. Henry Clay opposed the annexation of Texas because he did not want the issue of slavery injected into politics. He brokered the Nullification Crisis on slavery and helped formulate the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850. As a plantation owner, he held slaves during his life but freed them in his will. In 1957, a Senate committee named him as one of the five greatest U.S. Senators.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
This Henry Clay History Mug is part of our U.S. Senator series which includes the many unique individuals who served as U.S. Secretary of State.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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