Henry Clay (1777-1852) was an American politician.
He stood three times unsuccessfully for the presidency, as a Democratic-Republican in 1824, as a National Republican in 1832, and as a Whig in 1844.
He supported the War of 1812 against Britain, and tried to hold the Union together on the slavery issue by the Missouri Compromise of 1820, and again in the compromise of 1850.
He was secretary of state 1825-1829, and is also remembered for his "American system", which favoured the national bank, internal improvements to facilitate commercial and industrial development, and the raising of protective tariffs.
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Henry Clay was a American lawyer, politician and skilled orator.