Today is the 240th anniversary of the birth of Henry Clay of Kentucky.

He’s dead, so don’t get the birthday card box out so fast!

Known as “The Great Compromiser”, Clay was credited with some of the grandest bargains of the day.

He left us with a few compelling quotes…

“Government is a trust and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.”

When encouraged to run for the White House, he said this, “I’d rather be right than President.”