Raleigh in Wake County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Henry Clay Oak
Henry Clay, on a visit to this city, wrote the famous Raleigh Letter, April 17, 1844, opposing the annexation of Texas. Many authorities believe that this statement cost him the presidential election of 1844. According to tradition Clay wrote the letter while sitting under this oak tree, in the yard of Colonel William Polk, at whose home he was a guest.
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The Henry Clay Oak
Erected 1938 by Daughters of the Revolution – Colonel Polk Chapter.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 17, 1813.
Location. 35° 47.08′ N, 78° 38.206′ W. Marker is in Raleigh, North Carolina, in Wake County. Marker is at the intersection of E North Street and N Blount Street, on the right when traveling west on E North Street. Marker is located on the side of the Andrews-Duncan Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Raleigh NC 27601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexander B. Andrews (within shouting distance of this marker); Fannie E. S. Heck (within shouting distance of this marker); William Polk (within shouting distance of this marker); W. N. H. Smith (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Raleigh and Gaston Railroad (about 300 feet away); Jane McKimmon (about 600 feet away); Executive Mansion (about 600 feet away); Oakwood Cemetery (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Raleigh.
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