Henry Clay: A Career In Law

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Kentucky, Henry married Lucretia Hart. Together, they had eleven children. Sadly, seven of Henry’s eleven children passed away before his own death. After relocating to Lexington Kentucky, Henry Clay quickly began his career in law. Clay was able to easily receive a Kentucky license to practice law as he had already passed the Virginia Bar. After working with lawyers such as John Breckenridge and James Brown, Clay decided to form his own law firm. Clay’s main focus was on debt collection and land disputes. Promptly after starting his law firm, Clay quickly developed a reputation for his impressive legal and oratory skills. Over time, Clay began to grow his professional portfolio and gained more notable clients such as Aaron Burr in 1806. His success allowed him to purchase a massive plot of land outside of Lexington with the dream of building a large plantation. At the plantations peak, it held over 60 slaves with 600 acres of land. As his career in law progressed, Henry Clay began dipping his foot into politics. Like most other men in Kentucky, Henry became a member of the Democratic Republican Party. However, as Kentucky debated a revision in its constitution, Clay began to disagree with the…show more content…
He became so influential that in 1806 the Kentucky legislature elected him to the Senate seat of John Breckenridge, who had previously resigned after being appointed to U.S. attorney general. Clay served in this position for just over two months, and although he did not remain in this position for long, he gained many friends. Henry also established a reputation as an entertaining speaker and hard worker while in Washington. When he was originally elected to become senator, Clay had been younger than the age required by the constitution: 30. Although he was not constitutionally eligible for this position, no other senators seemed to take notice of his
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