1844 · New York
Sargent's earlier 1842 biography of Clay is here enlarged and adapted to the rigors of the 1844 campaign. The frontis of Clay, noted by both Miles and Sabin, is present. Clay lost a bitter contest against the Democrat Polk. Sargent gives a detailed account of Clay's early family life as well as his political activities, leaving out some of his more flamboyant duels. In the campaign the Liberty Party fielded James Birney as its candidate. Birney siphoned off the votes of enough Northern Whigs, dissatisfied with Clay's tepid opposition to annexing Texas, to cause his defeat.
Miles 180. Sabin 76955. (Inventory #: 28319)