When he first came to Congress, Henry Clay became America’s youngest Speaker of the House and the only freshman. That lead to five decades of public service under ten Presidents when Henry Clay kept the United States whole despite deep divides over slavery, tariffs, national banks, and the annexation of Texas. He worked with some of this country’s most polarizing political leaders including Andrew Jackson, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster. He was Abraham Lincoln’s mentor and Lincoln used Clay’s beliefs to direct the nation through the Civil War. John F. Kennedy listed Clay as one of the five greatest U.S. Senators in history. Still, few Americans know about Henry Clay. Listen to this interesting conversation with Harlow Giles Unger about his new book and hear the lessons today’s political leaders need to learn.
Guest: Harlow Giles Unger
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