Public Programs

A Conversation with Historian & Author Harlow Giles Unger on his biography, Henry Clay: America’s Greatest Statesman




Harlow Giles Unger

Historian Harlow Giles Unger spoke about his newly released book, Henry Clay: America’s Greatest Statesman. Henry Clay was a Kentucky lawyer, congressman, senator, secretary of state, and four-time presidential candidate, Clay was the youngest congressman ever elected Speaker of the House, and he produced historic compromises that postponed civil war for fifty years. Unger compared the Congress of Clay’s days with today’s legislative body.

Additional Resources

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    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Drop-In tours on the first Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. This discussion-based tour with a thematic focus offers deeper insights into the Institute’s exhibits and programs. Tours will lead into the Today’s Vote program where visitors can debate and vote on Senate legislation.