Entry from US Dictionary
Definition of Clay, Henry
- (1777–1852), US politician, statesman, and orator; nicknamed the Great Pacificator and the Great Compromiser. He was a leader of the anti-British “War Hawks” in 1811 and championed the Missouri Compromise 1820. He served as secretary of state 1825–29 and as a US senator from Kentucky 1806–07, 1810–11, 1831–42, 1849–52.