“In 1810, Clay gets elected to the United States House of Representatives. So, he's been in the Senate for two months, he's been in his state legislature but in 1810 he goes to the US House of Representatives and it's his first day and he is 34 years old and they're like, you are going to be Speaker of the House...Henry Clay shows up, he doesn't know anybody, he's brand new to Washington, he's relatively young and he makes such a magnetic good impression on the people he's now serving with that they just say this guy is pretty cool, let's make him in charge!"
In honor of the election cycle of 2020, Tour Guide Tell All explores the history of political party conventions, past presidential elections, and two key figures who never made it to the highest office in the land. Part one of this two-part series highlights Henry Clay, the Great Compromiser who is still the second youngest person to hold the post of Speaker of the House and who played a pivotal role in the political maneuverings of the first half of the 19th century.
Join us as we discuss politics, the Corrupt Bargain, slavery, westward expansion - plus Becca might slip in another Broadway reference just for fun!
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If you’re interested in in more information, we find these sources helpful:
- Henry Clay Biography - The Department of State
- Reconsidering Henry Clay - NPR
- Decatur House & Charlotte Dupuy - White House Historical Association
- Henry Clay Statue - Architect of the Capitol
- Henry Clay's Mint Julep Recipe from the Willard Hotel - Washingtonian
- Henry Clay & Humphrey Marshall Duel - Floyd Library
- The Duel That Wasn't - Today I Found Out
- "The Corrupt Bargain" from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Original Cast Recording)
You’re Listening To: Becca Grawl, Rebecca Fachner
The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King
Technical & Admin Work Done During Naptime: Canden Arciniega
Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero