Today in History–June 29–the Library of Congress features politician Henry Clay, who died on this date in 1852. One of the chief architects of the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850, Clay fought hard to preserve the Union and forestall a war between the states. Find out more by reviewing the Today in History section. Then click the links below to access more resources about the “Great Compromiser” and his work.
Speech of Mr. Clay, of Kentucky, on the measures of compromise delivered in the Senate of the United States, July 22, 1850
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