1837 Henry Clay (1777-1852) Letter with usual folds and paper stamp, measures 8 by 10 inches. "Henry Clay was an American lawyer and planter, statesman, and skilled orator who represented Kentucky in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. He served three non-consecutive terms as Speaker of the House of Representatives and served as Secretary of State under President John Quincy Adams from 1825 to 1829. Clay ran for the presidency in 1824, 1832 and 1844, while also seeking his party's nomination in 1840 and 1848. However, he was unsuccessful in all of his attempts to reach his nation's highest office. Despite his presidential losses, Clay remained a dominant figure in the Whig Party, which he helped found in the 1830s.""Known as "The Great Compromiser", Clay brokered important agreements during the Nullification Crisis and on the slavery issue."