Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
1777 - 1852
Visitors familiar with Lexington's Ashland, the home of Henry Clay, know it as a graceful old house, with lovely gardens and grounds. In an earlier time, when Henry Clay built it to some 2,000 acres, Ashland was also the home of Thoroughbreds. Henry Clay, known in history for his political acumen in such matters as the Treaty of Ghent and for his four attempts at becoming president, was also an avid agriculturalist. He was a member of the Lexington Jockey Club and its successor, the Kentucky Association, which conducted racing in Lexington for more than a century. One of Clay's law partners was Gen. Leslie Combs I, great-grandfather of the Leslie Combs who made Spendthrift Farm on Iron Works Pike a thriving 20th-Century Thoroughbred farm for many years. Clay entertained at Ashland such figures as Marquis de La Fayette, Martin Van Buren and even his rival, Daniel Webster. In the custom of the day, horses were often presented as gifts among the wealthy and prominent, and Wade Hampton II gave to Clay the mare Margaret Wood. The Mare became a granddam of Day Star, the first of three Kentucky Derby winners foaled at Ashland and bred by Clay's descendants.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. Henry Clay Marker
Location. 38° 2.502′ N, 84° 29.407′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker can
be reached from the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and Midland Avenue (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in Thoroughbred Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. Henry Clay Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Ben Ali Haggin (a few steps from this marker); Andrew Jackson (a few steps from this marker); Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps (a few steps from this marker); Col. Phil T. Chinn (a few steps from this marker); Allen Paulson (a few steps from this marker); Samuel D. Riddle (a few steps from this marker); John E. Madden (a few steps from this marker); Capt. Harry Guggenheim (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Also see . . . Start with this plaque. The page for this plaque has a Related Markers list of all the plaques in Thoroughbred Park. You can use that list to easily page through all of the markers. (Submitted on August 19, 2012.)
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By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
3. 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.”
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. 3. submitted on October 16, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.