Henry Clay Chronology

1777 – Born: Hanover County, Virginia (April 12)

1781 – Father dies

1791 – Mother moves to Kentucky

1792 – Goes to work for George Wythe

1796 – Studies law under Robert Brooke

1797 – Admitted to bar; moves to Kentucky

1799 – Marries Lucretia Hart

1803 – Elected to state legislature

1805 – Law professor at Transylvania University

1806 – Sent to U.S. Senate at age 29

1807 – Elected to state legislature and Speaker of the House

1809 – Elected to U.S. Senate

1811 – Elected to U.S. House of Representatives and Speaker of the House

1814 – Peace Commissioner at Ghent

1816 – Presides at formation of American Colonization Society

1821 – Authors the second Missouri Compromise

1824 – Appointed Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams

1828 – Rejects offer of appointment to Supreme Court

1829 – Returns to Lexington to farm and practice law

1831 – Elected U.S. Senate; nominated for Presidency

1832 – Authors Compromise Tariff Act

1836 – Elected President of American Colonization Society

1842 – Resigns as U.S. Senator

1844 – Nominated for Presidency

1849 – Returns to U.S. Senate

1850 – Authors Compromise of 1850

1851 – Resigns from U.S. Senate

1852 – Dies in Washington D.C. (June 29)


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