Gov. Clement Comer Clay, U.S. Senator

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Clement Comer Clay

Birthplace: Halifax Co., VA
Death: Died in Huntsville, AL
Place of Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery Huntsville Madison County Alabama
Immediate Family:

Son of William C. Clay and Rebecca Clay
Husband of Susanna Clairborne Clay
Father of Clement Claiborne Clay, US and Confederate States Senator and John Withers Clay

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About Gov. Clement Comer Clay, U.S. Senator

Clement Comer Clay (December 17, 1789 – September 7, 1866) was the eighth Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from 1835 to 1837.

Clay was born in Halifax County, Virginia. His father, William Clay, was an officer in the American Revolutionary War, who moved to Grainger County, Tennessee, after the war. Clay attended public schools and graduated from East Tennessee College in 1807. He was admitted to the bar in 1809 and moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where he began a law practice in 1811. Clay served in the Alabama Territorial Legislature 1817-1818. He was a state court judge and served in the Alabama House of Representatives.

Prior to being governor of Alabama he had served in the U.S. House of Representatives from March 4, 1829 until March 3, 1835.[1] Clay's term as governor ended early when he resigned when he was appointed to the United States Senate, where he served from June 19, 1837 until his resignation on November 15, 1841.

In 1836, Governor Clay signed a legislative act which chartered the third oldest Jesuit college in the United States, Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, and gave it "full power to grant or confer such degree or degrees in the arts and sciences, or in any art or science as are usually granted or conferred by other seminaries of learning in the United States." On 23 October 1822 he married Margaret Clay until Clement's death in 1866. They had three children, including Clement Claiborne Clay. Clement died of natural causes in 1866 aged 76.Margaret died in 1873.

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Gov. Clement Comer Clay, U.S. Senator's Timeline

Halifax Co., VA
December 13, 1816
Age 27
Huntsville, AL
Age 31
September 7, 1866
Age 77
Huntsville, AL
Maple Hill Cemetery Huntsville Madison County Alabama