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Henry Clay, daguerreotype by Josiah Johnson Hawes and Albert Sands Southworth, ca. 1850

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Known as the “Great Compromiser,” Clay led the Whig Party in the Senate after being Speaker of the House. His compromises aimed to stimulate the national economy, end disputes over slavery, and avoid civil war. Frustrated in his attempts to become President, he proclaimed he “would rather be right than be President.”

14.0 x 10.8 cm (5 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.). Gift of I.N. Phelps Stokes, Edward S. Hawes, Alice Mary Hawes, and Marion Augusta Hawes, 1937 (37.14.15).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.

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