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Near Nebo in Clay County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Clay County / Calhoun County

Clay County side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
1. Clay County side of marker
Clay County. Formed in 1858 from Braxton and Nicholas. Named for the great Kentuckian, Henry Clay, who was so popular in western Virginia that in 1820 a monument was erected to him for his part in bringing the National Road to Wheeling.

Calhoun County. Formed in 1856 from Gilmer. Named for John C. Calhoun, the eminent statesman from South Carolina. This is an important oil and gas producing county. Calhoun is largely devoted to farming and has been prominent in livestock production.
Erected 2009 by West Virginia Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Political Subdivisions. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
Location. 38° 38.505′ N, 81° 3.375′ W. Marker is near Nebo, West Virginia, in Clay County. Marker is on Big Otter Highway (West Virginia Route 16) one mile north of Nebo Walker Road (Local Route 16/1), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nebo WV 25141, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grave of Mike Fink (approx. 5.7 miles away); America's Guard of Honor (approx. 8.6 miles away); William C. Markle (approx. 11.3 miles away); Perry Hays & George Silcott / Louisa Hays & Amie Silcott (approx. 11½ miles away); Moccasin Rangers (approx. 11½ miles away); Arnoldsburg Skirmish (approx. 11½ miles away); Engagement at Arnoldsburg (approx. 11½ miles away); Union Militias (approx. 11.6 miles away).
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1. Wikipedia entry for Henry Clay. Excerpt:
Nullification Crisis
The high rates of the Tariff of 1828 and the Tariff of 1832 angered many Southerners because they resulted in higher prices for imported goods. After the 1832 election, South Carolina held a state convention that declared the tariff rates of 1828 and 1832 to be nullified within the state, and further declared that federal collection of import duties would be illegal after January 1833. In response to this Nullification Crisis, President Jackson issued his Proclamation to the People of South Carolina, which strongly denied the right of states to nullify federal laws or secede. He asked Congress to pass what became known as the Force Bill, which would authorize the president to send federal soldiers against South Carolina if it sought to nullify federal law.

Calhoun County side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
2. Calhoun County side of marker
Senator Henry Clay favored high tariff rates, he found Jackson’s strong rhetoric against South Carolina distressing and sought to avoid a crisis that could end in civil war. He proposed a compromise tariff bill that would lower tariff rates, but do so gradually, thereby giving manufacturing interests time to adapt to less protective rates. Clay’s compromise tariff won the backing of both manufacturers, who believed they would not receive a better deal, and John C. Calhoun, who sought a way out of the crisis but refused to work with President Jackson’s supporters on an alternative tariff bill. Though most members of Clay’s own National Republican Party opposed it, the Tariff of 1833 passed both houses of Congress. Jackson simultaneously signed the tariff bill and the Force bill, and South Carolina leaders accepted the new tariff, effectively bringing the crisis to an end. Clay’s role in resolving the crisis brought him renewed national stature in the wake of a crushing presidential election defeat, and some began referring to him as the "Great Compromiser."
(Submitted on August 17, 2019.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for John C. Calhoun. Excerpt:
Rejection of the Compromise of 1850
The Compromise of 1850, devised by Henry Clay and Stephen A. Douglas, a first-term Democratic senator from Illinois, was designed to solve the controversy
Clay County / Calhoun County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
3. Clay County / Calhoun County Marker
over the status of slavery in the vast new territories acquired from Mexico. Many pro-slavery Southerners opposed it, and John C. Calhoun helped organize preparations for the Nashville Convention, which would meet that summer to discuss the possibility of Southern secession. ... Weeks from death and too feeble to speak, Calhoun wrote a blistering attack on the compromise that would become likely his most famous speech. On March 4, a friend, Senator James Mason of Virginia, read the remarks. Calhoun affirmed the right of the South to leave the Union in response to Northern subjugation. He warned that the day “the balance between the two sections” [North and South] was destroyed would be a day not far removed from disunion, anarchy, and civil war. Calhoun queried how the Union might be preserved in light of subjugation by the “stronger” party against the “weaker” one. He maintained that the responsibility of solving the question lay entirely on the North—as the stronger section, to allow the Southern minority an equal share in governance and to cease the agitation. He added:
If you who represent the stronger portion, cannot agree to settle them on the broad principle of justice and duty, say so; and let the States we both represent agree to separate and part in peace. If you are unwilling we should part in peace, tell us
Henry Clay image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
4. Henry Clay
This 1842 portrait of Henry Clay by John Neagle hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“His admirers called him ‘Gallant Harry,’ and his impetuous charm made him quite possibly the most beloved politician of his generation. But the real legacy of Kentucky's Henry Clay was his unstinting devotion, in the House of Representatives and later in the Senate, to maintaining a strong American union. In the early 1830s, as southern states threatened to nullify federal authority over a tariff bill that would have hurt plantation economies, Clay set aside his own preference for the new law to orchestrate a compromise. In 1850, with the North and South on the verge of armed conflict over the extension of slavery into the new western territories, Clay again stepped in with proposals that, temporarily at least, satisfied both sections. This last act of his career earned him the title of Great Pacificator.” -- NPG
so; and we shall know what to do, when you reduce the question to submission or resistance.

Calhoun died soon afterwards, and although the compromise measures did eventually pass, Calhoun’s ideas about states’ rights attracted increasing attention across the South. Historian William Barney argues that Calhoun’s ideas proved “appealing to Southerners concerned with preserving slavery ... Southern radicals known as ‘Fire-Eaters’ pushed the doctrine of states rights to its logical extreme by upholding the constitutional right of the state to secede.”
(Submitted on August 17, 2019.) 
Clay Monument, Elm Grove image. Click for full size.
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5. Clay Monument, Elm Grove
“Erected in 1820 by Moses Shepherd and his wife, Lydia, to commemorate the distinguished public services of Henry Clay in behalf of the National Pike. Built of freestone and is twenty feet high. Time has effaced all the inscriptions except on the east side. The Shepherd mansion, built 1798, is on a nearby eminence.” This photo appeared in Souvenir of Wheeling, published by the town of Wheeling in 1905.
John C. Calhoun image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
6. John C. Calhoun
“This c. 1845 portrait of John C. Calhoun by Peter Alexander Healy hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

South Carolina's John C. Calhoun was a formidable presence in American politics for nearly four decades. In that time, he served twice as vice president and sat in two cabinets. It was during his later years in the Senate, however, that he had his greatest impact as a champion of southern interests and formulator of a sectional dogma of states' rights. But even as he defended the South against attempts to curb slavery and argued for the right of states to reject federal policies, he sensed that he was fighting a losing battle. His dying words in 1850 were “The South, the poor South.”

One of five known versions of the likeness that the artist, George P. A. Healy, made from sittings with Calhoun in 1844, this portrait originally belonged to Calhoun himself.” -- NPG
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4, 5, 6. submitted on August 19, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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