|Name||Henry Clay, Jr.|
, Kentucky , United States
|| April 10, 1811
|| February 23, 1847
|Last Modifed||Thomas Walker|
Sep 25, 2008 01:03pm
|Info||Henry Clay, Jr. (April 10, 1811 – February 23, 1847) was an American soldier and statesman from Kentucky. He was the second son of Senator and Congressman Henry Clay and Lucretia Hart, brother of James Brown Clay and John Morrison Clay, and was born on his family's estate of Ashland, in Lexington. |
After graduating from Transylvania University in 1828, he gained an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy and graduated from West Point in 1831. Returning to Kentucky, he read law and was admitted to the bar in 1833. Clay followed in his father's footsteps as a member of the Kentucky State House of Representatives from 1835 to 1837.
When the Mexican-American War neared, Clay raised a regiment, the 2nd Kentucky Volunteers. Colonel Clay led his regiment in support of Zachary Taylor's invasion force in 1846. He was killed in action, while leading a charge of his regiment in the Battle of Buena Vista on February 23, 1847. Clay County, Iowa is named in his honor.