Remembrance is often affiliated with an extraordinary element. That was one thing that made Cassicus Marcellus Clay stand out from the crowd. This is the tale of a remarkable leader who set a captivating example for the world to follow. The man never failed to inspire those around him with his courageous yet righteous nature. It was as if Clay knew exactly what to do, given the time and placement of his surroundings. Even today, people remember him as the most iconic politician in American history.
Cassicus Clay was born in Madison County on the 19th of October, 1810. In spite of having a Southern background, Clay was deeply inspired by the abolition movement at that time. Carefully curating his way through life, he decided to go against all odds and spend his life as a political activist by standing against the slavery culture. Being an important member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, Clay was held in high regard by the political leaders at that time due to his legendary fighting skills, past War experiences, and unquestionable bold nature. He was nicknamed “Lion of Whitehall” after he released his own anti-slavery newspaper company, “The True American.” Among the most shocking acts that he did was freeing all the slaves inherited by him from his father, a prominent slave-owning personnel. This caused the family huge financial losses but that was not something Clay was bothered by. It was always about what he believed was the right thing to do and nothing was going to change that. Despite his unflinching nature, his deep affiliation with the anti-slavery movement caused him a great many problems later in life. Clay was perfectly aware of the riots and backlash he was receiving from the riled up neighbors, but it was something he anticipated. As vicious as he was, Clay knew exactly how to deal with them. He was not only hated upon by his enemies, but there were multiple deliberate attempts of assassination on his life. The man had literally received death threats written in actual blood, but he was too smart to be deceived by such foolish scares. There was a time when people working at the true American company were at risk because of Clay’s doings. Many attacks were attempted, but they were never bad enough for Clay to fight back in full force, even though he was fully equipped with rifles, cannons, pistols, and what not!
Stabbed by a knife or hit by a bullet, Clay managed to escape it all. In fact, in all these life-threatening incidents, the enemies were never spared, even if Clay had to drag himself across the floor to kill them. That was his specialty, I guess. The man was an exceptional fighter, especially when it came to Duels. His enemies would rather take their own lives than face Clay in a Duel. One such incident took place when his fiancé’s ex made up allegations against him. When Clay challenged him to a Duel, he slit his own wrists open before Clay could even touch him. A colleague once said, “Clay would fight the wind did it blow from the south side when he wanted it to blow from the north.” Even after such lethal encounters, nothing weakened Clay’s ultimate goal of demolishing Slavery culture.
Struck by his passion for anti-slavery and abolition, Clay donated 10 acres of land for the establishment of Berea College in 1853. This school was unlike any other institute at that time as it accepted students from all races and genders. There was no discrimination whatsoever, and to top it off, the Berea College was tuition-free. Even to this day, the College stands tall with the same motto given to it by Marcellus Clay; “God has made of one blood all people of the Earth.”
During the time of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency in 1860, Clay had a high chance of being the prime minister of the country. However, due to his affiliation with the abolition movement, Clay lost his position even with a decent number of voters. His responsibilities were still pretty significant as he was a prominent political figure who took over the roles of an ambassador and a general. Making sure his voice was heard loud and clear, Clay successfully convinced Abraham Lincoln to declare emancipation in 1863.
Given the multiple assassination attempts on his life and the countless Duels he encountered, the news of his death due to natural causes was rather shocking. Truth be told, no one really wanted him to leave. Cassicus Clay was a famous anti-slavery warrior and charismatic leader who lived a full life till the age of 92. It’s true when they say America has never seen a more exemplary politician in history.