Cassius Marcellus Clay (1810-1903)

Cassius Clay was an American antislavery leader who entered the Kentucky legislature in 1835, but was defeated in 1840 on the slavery issue. He established an antislavery publication, the True American, in Lexington, Kentucky, but was forced by attacks from pro-slavery Kentuckians to move it to Cincinnati, Ohio. He eventually returned to Louisville, Kentucky, where it was renamed The Examiner. Clay was one of the founders of the Republican Party in 1854. He served as United States minister to Russia and helped negotiate the purchase of Alaska in 1867. Clay was appointed a Major General in the Union army, but refused to fight as long as slavery continued to be protected in Southern states.

1860 circa 5 years
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