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Portrait of Henry Clay
"The Great Compromiser" Henry Clay

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The Day Henry Clay Died
June 29, 1852

Think about a disagreement you have had with a friend. How did it turn out? Did one of you win, or were you both able to talk about what you wanted and come to a compromise? Before he died on June 29, 1852, Henry Clay was famous for getting people, and even entire states, to compromise.

Clay was born on a farm in Virginia in 1777. He became a U.S. representative, a senator, and the Secretary of State during the early 1800s, when tensions between the North and South threatened to split the Union. Can you think of what he did to earn the title "the Great Compromiser?"

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