Booklet, "Clay Minstrel", 1844


Henry Clay was among the most influential politicians in American history, although he none of his four attempts to win the presidency were successful. His vision of an American nation, united by federally-supported infrastructure projects and capable of cooperation across sections – despite tensions over slavery - won him the nickname “The Great Compromiser.” Like Harrison and Jackson, Clay’s supporters emblazoned his face on posters and clay pipes, whiskey glasses (he was a famous drinker) and songbooks. Long after his death, Americans like Abraham Lincoln continued to look back on Clay as the very model of an American statesman. Unfortunately for Clay, a Whig, the Democratic challenger James K. Polk defeated him in 1844.

Associated Person: Clay, HenryFrelinghuysen, Theodore

Used: Political Campaigns


See more items in: Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.227739.1844.E03Catalog Number: 227739.1844.E03Accession Number: 227739

Object Name: Book

Physical Description: paper (overall material)white, black (overall color)Measurements: overall: 4 1/2 in x 3 in x 1/4 in; 11.43 cm x 7.62 cm x .635 cm


Record Id: nmah_516273

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