Henry Clay and the War of 1812

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About the Book

Any biography of Henry Clay’s 46 year political career quickly becomes entangled with his monumental, though youthful, political leadership of the War Hawks in urging the Madison Administration to arm the United States for war with Great Britain. He continued to advise in the war’s progress and ended by being one of the five distinguished Americans to treat for peace with a difficult team of mediocre British envoys. There has been no detailed treatment of his major role in this early American war until this present work.

About the Author(s)

Quentin Scott King, a Navy sonarman veteran of World War II, was a librarian in government libraries, a reporter covering Capitol Hill, and a Congressional press secretary. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic Details

Quentin Scott King
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 468
Bibliographic Info: appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7875-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1390-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface  1

 1. Youth 3

 2. Kentucky Lawyer 12

 3. Kentucky Legislator 24

 4. In Defense of a Vice President 37

 5. Apprenticeship for High Office 49

 6. Burr Trial/British Impressment 59

 7. Restless Politician 68

 8. The Western Star 79

 9. Mr. Speaker 90

10. Irresolution and Intrigue 104

11. Embargo 115

12. Politics and Diplomacy 124

13. Coercion Charge 132

14. Declaration of War 138

15. War in the West 151

16. Battle Action and Election 166

17. Political Reaction 174

18. War Effort Adrift 188

19. Remember the River Raisin 201

20. Diplomacy Renewed 213

21. The Disastrous Spring of 1813 219

22. The Congressional Summer 229

23. In the Eye of a Hurricane 240

24. Resignation 252

25. In Transit to Europe 265

26. Idling at Gottenburg 273

27. Gathering of the Commissioners 286

28. Sine Qua Non 297

29. Rupture 310

30. Negotiating to Negotiate 320

31. Washington Under Attack 336

32. Washington Ablaze 349

33. British Policy Is Delay 361

34. Wellington Inserts Himself 375

35. Treaty of Ghent 384

36. Post-War Contentions 396

37. Battle for New Orleans 403

38. Last Days in Europe 414

Appendix: Treaty of Ghent, 1814  429

Chapter Notes  433

Bibliography  449

Index  453

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Choice; “very highly recommended”—Midwest Book Review.