|Description: We offer a rare broadside promoting Henry Clay’s presidential run of 1844. The printed area is 14 ¾” x 5 ¼” on thin paper 16 ¼” x 8”, and contains a variety of bold typefaces surrounded by an ornate border, all letterpress printed by D. Hooton. There are several rallying songs for the Whig Party and Harry Clay with featured performers The Clay Vocalists and Sarah Knights at the Odeon in Boston.
Henry Clay (1777– 1852) was a lawyer and statesman, famously known as the Great Compromiser. He was instrumental in formulating the Missouri Compromise of 1820, the Compromise Tariff of 1833, and the Compromise of 1850. The revered political insider became Speaker of the House of Representatives, Secretary of State, Senator and was a perennial presidential nominee. In 1957, a Senate Committee selected Clay as one of the five greatest U.S. Senators, along with Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun, Robert La Follette, and Robert A. Taft.
Condition: There are a couple of short marginal tears repaired with archival tissue/tape, wrinkling and a few spots. Nevertheless, this rare broadside is in good condition and quite presentable.