The story of Clay's life, ""born a democrat, raised a republican""--and weaned on politics. Three years education in...

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HENRY CLAY: Cock of Kentucky

The story of Clay's life, ""born a democrat, raised a republican""--and weaned on politics. Three years education in Kentucky schools, clerking in a store, and then through Richmond contacts becoming interested in the law. From that point his rise was spectacular, he was admitted to the bar, made a reputation in criminal law, entered Congress, became Speaker, then Secretary of State. For the balance of his life he was one of the main leaders in national political questions and governed the reason and emotions of the state of Kentucky. Well written, from the factual rather than feature writing angle. Should appeal to historians, those interested in politics, particularly American politics, and those liking the more sober type of biography, I am not familiar enough with the Clay material to know whether this makes any fresh contribution.

Pub Date: Sept. 14, 1937

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Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1937