Cassius Clay Photographic Collection, 1866

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Creator:Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903
Title:Cassius Clay photographic collection, 1866

Cassius Clay was born in 1810 in Madison County, Kentucky. He was the son of Green Clay, a Revolutionary War general, and a nephew of Henry Clay. Clay attended Yale University and was anti-slavery, although he advocated gradual emancipation. In 1845, Clay began the True American an anti-slavery paper, and later followed this with another anti-slavery paper The Examiner. Clay served in the Kentucky Legislature from 1835-1840. Clay was minister to Russia twice, and as minister he performed the same basic duties as an ambassador. His terms in Russia were from 1861-1862 and 1863-1869. During the period of his recall, 1862-1863, Clay served as a Union Major General in the Civil War. Clay's serving as minister to Russia continued to strengthen the ties between these two nations. This led to the U.S. supporting Russia in the Crimean War (1853-1856) and Russia supporting the Union in the American Civil War (1861-1865). During Clay's first term as minister, roughly 1861-1862, he brought his wife and his knife collection, and seemed to fit in well with the Russian upper class. Clay retired to his estate, White Hall, where he wrote his autobiography, The Life of Cassius Marcellus Clay: Memoirs, Writings, and Speeches. He died on July 22, 1903.

Types:photographs | StillImage
Subjects:Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903 | Politicians--Kentucky | Legislators--Kentucky | Foreign ministers--Kentucky | Foreign ministers--Russia | Abolitionists--Kentucky | Russia--Foreign relations--United States | United States--Foreign relations--Russia | United States--Foreign relations--1865-1898 | Russia--Photographs | Russia--Buildings--Photographs | United States, Kentucky, 37.839333, -84.270018 | Russia, 64.6863136, 97.7453061
Institution:University of Kentucky Libraries
Contributors:University of Kentucky. Libraries | Kentucky Virtual Library
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PA60M167: [Identification of item], Cassius Clay photographic collection, Special Collections and Digital Programs, University of Kentucky.

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