Farmer Henry Clay, the Progressive Sage of Ashland – Part One

YOU ARE HERE -> c1812 to 1852 Part One:  An Introduction by James F. Hopkins, excerpted from The Journal of Southern History, February 1949 Henry Clay, Farmer and Stockman During the years in which Henry Clay was active in politics, he was at the same time a farmer who never lost his love for the … More Farmer Henry Clay, the Progressive Sage of Ashland – Part One

We Were Soon Perfectly At Home, As Everyone Must Be With Mr. Clay

YOU ARE HERE -> c1820s-1852 Henry Clay lived in an era when appearing to be a “commoner” was advantageous for one’s political image.  Andrew Jackson benefited from this perception.  But it seems that Henry Clay was naturally unpretentious and—especially when home at Ashland—markedly informal.  Clay’s grandson-in-law Major McDowell said that Henry Clay was a “believer … More We Were Soon Perfectly At Home, As Everyone Must Be With Mr. Clay

Henry Clay’s House

YOU ARE HERE -> 1805-1815 Early in 1805 Henry Clay contracted with Lexington builder John Fisher for the construction of a mansion at Clay’s Ashland property.  Architectural historians Patrick Snadon and Michael Fazio in The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe theorize that Latrobe may well have designed this initial structure for Clay. When the … More Henry Clay’s House