Clay attended the local schools and graduated from East Tennessee College in 1807.
An attorney, judge and politician, he also was elected to the state legislature, as well as to the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. 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 in 1817–1818.
He was a state court judge and served in the In 1828 he was elected to the United States. House of Representatives, serving from March 4, 1829 and through re-elections until March 3, 1835, when he started as governor of Alabama.
In 1835 Clay was elected Governor. Clay"s term as governor ended early when he was appointed by the state legislature to the in 1837 (this was before popular election of senators).
Spring Hill College The charter 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." The college resulted from the strong French Catholic traditions in the city, founded as a French colony. Creek War of 1836 Clay’s term in office was dominated by the Creek War of 1836 arising from resistance to Indian Removal, which had taken place in the Southeast since 1830.
During Clay’s administration, the United States Army removed the Creek Indians from Southeastern Alabama under the terms of the 1832 Treaty of Cusseta.
The Creek were relocated to the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) west of the Mississippi. Confrontations between Indians and white settlers occurred. Panic of 1837 During the Panic of 1837, the United States suffered a financial crisis brought on by speculative fever.
This crisis caused a run on the Bank of the State of Alabama.
Clay ordered the bank to provide a detailed report of its finances, but it was unable to do southern After election by the state legislature, Clay served in the from June 19, 1837 until his resignation on November 15, 1841.
In the year after the end of the Civil War, Clement died of natural causes in September 1866, aged 76.