Today in Southern History: The Great Compromiser

29 June 1852  

On this date in 1852…

The Great Compromiser, statesman Henry Clay of Kentucky died at the age of seventy-five in Washington, D.C. With Clay’s passing the South would soon learn that compromise is not necessarily a good thing.

Other Years:

  • 1704 – A force of 50 South Carolinian militia and 1,000 Creek warriors attacked and destroyed the Spanish San Damian de Cupahica Mission, near present-day Tallahassee, Florida.
  • 1776 – Virginia adopted a state constitution and chose Patrick Henry as its first state governor.
  • 1862 – The Battle of Savage’s Station, Virginia.
  • 1899 – The Brazos River in Texas flooded 12 miles wide and caused $10 million in damage.

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