Henry Clay, Presidential Contender

Historians discussed the role of Henry Clay (1777-1852) in changing politics. Known as the “Great Compromiser” but also as… read more

Historians discussed the role of Henry Clay (1777-1852) in changing politics. Known as the “Great Compromiser” but also as “The Dictator,” Henry Clay was perhaps the most powerful politician of his time. He served as speaker of the House, senator, and secretary of state. Topics included his relevancy today, his almost 50 years in politics, his support for both slavery and keeping the Union together, and five unsuccessful presidential campaigns. Video clips were shown of House Speaker John Boehner, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul talking about Clay and his relevancy. The historians also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications from Ashlands, The Henry Clay Estate, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

“The Contenders: They Lost the Election But Changed Political History” is a C-SPAN series of live programs about 14 presidential candidates before 1996 who lost the election but who had a lasting effect on U.S. politics. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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301268-1
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C-SPAN Specials
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Location:
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
First Aired:
Sep 9, 2011
Last Aired:
Jun 3, 2012

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  • Sep 09, 2011 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 09, 2011 | 11:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 19, 2011 | 11:11pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 03, 2012 | 8:30am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 03, 2012 | 7:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 03, 2012 | 10:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
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