1777 - Henry Clay, born on the 12th of April in "the Slashes," in Hanover County, Virginia. The son of a Baptist preacher, Clay began working in a grist mill, from which he acquired the nickname "mill-boy of the Slashes." Secretary of State, Speaker of the House.
1792 - At the age of 15, he became an assistant clerk in the chancery court of Virginia.
1797 - At 20, he was licensed to practice law, and moved to Lexington, Kentucky.
1811 - 1814 - He served as Speaker of the House
1811 - After acquiring a high reputation, he was elected to the US House of Representatives.
1812 - He led the Congressional group, known as the "war hawks," which supported the US' going to war against Britain.
- He was also involved with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War.
1820 - He was called "the great pacificator" for his attempts to bring about the "Missouri Compromise".
1825 - 1829 - He served as Secretary of State under President John Quincy Adams.
1831 - 1842 - He was a US Senator.
1832 - 1844 - Run for President unsuccessfully.
1850 - He attempted to avoid a civil war by bringing about the Compromise. It was only a matter of a few years, however, before tensions would erupt and the nation would be torn apart by the Civil War.
1852 - He did not live long enough to witness the war. He died on the 29th of June.
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