Henry Clay

Presidential Campaign of 1824

Presidential Campaign of 1832

Presidential Campaign of 1840

Presidential Election of 1844


A main concern in the race was the annexation of Texas. Cass favored it, while Clay did not. However, Clay supported the acquisition of the Oregon Territory, which was jointly administered by the United States and Great Britain at that time. The whigs also felt that they could win most of the northern states including large electoral states such as Pennsylvania and New York, believing that Cass' pro-annexation stance would be seen as a pro-slavery bias.


The Whig strategy proved successful.

States won by Cass/Polk States won by Clay/Frelinghuysen
  1. Michigan (5)
  2. Indiana (12)
  3. Illinois (9)
  4. Missouri (7)
  5. Arkansas (3)
  6. Louisiana (6)
  7. Mississippi (6)
  8. Alabama (9)
  9. S. Carolina (9)
  10. Georgia (10)
  11. Viginia (17)
  1. Kentucky
  2. Ohio
  3. Tennessee
  4. N. Carolina
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. New York
  7. Maryland
  8. Delaware
  9. New Jersey
  10. Connecticut
  11. Rhode Island
  12. Massachusetts
  13. Vermont

Clay received 182 electoral votes, while Cass received 93 electoral votes.

The popular vote, however, was much closer

Clay: 1,389,345 Cass: 1,242,980

1st Term: 1845-1849

Presidential Election of 1848

2nd Term: 1849-1852

Clay died on June 21, 1852, serving just over 3 years of his second term. Vice President Theodore Frelinhuysen was inaugurated on June 23.

The VP decided not to run for President, as there were just over 4 months until election day, and he did not feel he would be able to accomplish anything worthy of convincing voters to support him in such a short amount of time.

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