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Brutus Junius CLAY

(1808-1878)

CLAY, Brutus Junius, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Richmond, Madison County, Ky., July 1, 1808; attended the common schools and was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky.; engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising; moved to Bourbon County in 1837 and continued former pursuits; member of State house of representatives in 1840; elected president of Bourbon County Agricultural Association in 1840 and served thirty years; president of the Kentucky Agricultural Association 1853-1861; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1860; elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865); chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Thirty-eighth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection; resumed former pursuits; died near Paris, Ky., October 11, 1878; interment in the family burial ground at “Auvergne,” near Paris, Ky.

Bibliography

Clay, Brutus Junius. Letters from the Correspondence of Brutus J. Clay, 1808-1878. Edited with notes by Cassius M. Clay. [Paris, Ky.]: N.p., 1958; Hood, James Larry. “The Union and Slavery: Congressman Brutus J. Clay of the Bluegrass.” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 75 (July 1977): 214-21.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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