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Henry Clay – County Namesake

What’s in a name, you ask?  Plenty!

Henry Clay Sr. was an American attorney and statesman who represented Kentucky in both the Senate and House. He was the seventh House Speaker and the ninth Secretary of State. He received electoral votes for president in the 1824, 1832, and 1844 presidential elections.  

Almost every state in our nation has a county named in recognition of Clay.  

Click here to learn more about Henry Clay, our county’s namesake, and the founding of Clay County, Florida.

You may also enjoy listening to a special National Public Radio (NPR) story about Clay’s life and his many accomplishments and challenges.