Whig Henry Clay

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Henry Clay of Kentucky was ran unsuccessfully for the presidency on five different occasion. He was one of the leading members of the Whig party and one of the longest serving U.S. Senators of the nineteenth century. He was called the “Great Compromiser” for his instrumental role in creating the Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850, both of which served to avert war between North and South at the time they were adopted. His loss to Democrat James K. Polk in 1844 illustrated the great popular support for the ideology of Manifest Destiny at that time.