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Object Name Engraving
Title C.M. Clay
Catalog Number 1939.900
Creator Perine, G. E.
Date ca. 1865
Material(s) Paper/Ink
Dimensions H-10.75 W-8.125 inches
Description This is an engraving of Cassius Marcellus Clay done by G.E. Perine. The image of Clay shows him with his hair parted on the left. He is wearing a dark suit jacket with a vest that has a high neck with light shirt beneath. The image is a bust portrait. In small letters beneath the portrait, it says "Eng.d by G.E. Perine N. York." About one inch below, there is a signature that reads "C.M. Clay."
Notes Cassius Marcellus Clay was born 1810 and died in 1903. An American politician, was born in Madison county, Kentucky, on the I9th of October 1810. He was the son of Green Clay (1757-1826), a Kentucky soldier of the war of 1812 and a relative of Henry Clay. and political ostracism, he gave utterance to his belief. He studied law, but instead of practising devoted himself to a political career. In 1835, 1837 and 1840 he was elected as a Whig to the Kentucky legislature, where he advocated a system of gradual emancipation, and secured the establishment of a public school system, and a much-needed reform in the jury system. In the Mexican War he served as a captain of a Kentucky company of militia, and was taken prisoner, while reconnoitring, during General Scotts advance on the City of Mexico. He left the Whig party in 1850, and as an anti-slavery candidate for governor of Kentucky polled 5000 votes. En 1860 he was a leading candidate for the vice-presidential nomination. In 1861 he was sent by President Lincoln as minister to Russia; in 1862 he returned to America to accept a commission as majorgeneral of volunteers, but in March 1863 was reappointed to his former post at St Petersburg, where he remained until 1869. He died at Whitehall, Kentucky, on the 22nd of July 1903.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Perine, G.E.
Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903
Subjects Engraving
Politics & government
Newspaper editors
Anti-slavery movement
Portrait prints
Search Terms Richmond (Ky.)
Madison County (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS