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Henry Clay: Powerful Statesman & Orator–Masonic First Day Cover 1983 3-cent #1846

Scott #1846 Masonic First Day Cover

“I’d rather be right than be president.” ~Henry Clay

Henry Clay, five-time U.S. Presidential candidate and long-term statesman, not only spoke  his mind. He was extremely powerful orator and negotiator.

Clay’s powers of persuasion are legendary. His accomplishments include leading the U.S. to war with Britain in the War of 1812 and brokering a series of political compromises that averted several crises in his time. Clay, representing Kentucky, served in the U.S. House of Representatives where he presided as Speaker of the House of Representatives for three terms. He also served in the U.S. Senate and as Secretary of State under  John Quincy Adams.

Clay was made a Mason in Lexington Lodge #1 and served as its Worshipful Master, Grand Orator, and also as Grand Master of  Kentucky, as highlighted in this Masonic First Day Cover sponsored by the Masonic Study Unit of the American Topical Association.

Also noteworthy: The Henry Clay Philatelic Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting philately in central Kentucky, has taken as its namesake this prominent Kentuckian and U.S. statesman.

 

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