Henry Clay was the most important political figure in the United States during the first half of the nineteenth century. Rivaled only by his archenemy Andrew Jackson, Clay actually wielded more influence because he shaped much of the national political agenda from 1811 onward. Challenged and often thwarted during the eight years of Jackson's presidency, Clay nonetheless remained a major force in American politics during that time and for fifteen years afterward. In the 1950s, the United States Congress named Clay as the most influential senator in its history.
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