HENRY CLAY SSBN 625
Ship Name and Designation History
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Keel Laid 23 October 1961 - Christened & Launched 30 November 1962
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- USS Henry Clay SSBN-625 Covers Page 1 (1962-1990)
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Launching, signed by Cdr. Thomas A. Bryce, USN, PCO Blue
NAMESAKE - Henry Clay (April 12 1777 - June 29 1852)
Henry Clay was a towering figure in American politics in the middle part of the 19th century, a presidential aspirant whose political skills earned him the nickname "The Great Compromiser." He grew up in Virginia in the Revolutionary War period, and in his early 20s he made his name as a trial lawyer in the frontier of Kentucky. A businessman, landowner, farmer, horse breeder and politician, Clay spent his early career in the House of Representatives -- building power as Speaker of the House -- and was appointed twice to fill out terms in the U.S. senate (1806-07 and 1810-11). He lost the hotly contested 1824 race for the presidency, but threw his support behind John Quincy Adams to spite political enemy Andrew Jackson. Clay was a leader in the Whig party, but was thwarted in his presidential ambitions in the 1830s and '40s. Nonetheless, he was one of more able and powerful legislators in Washington, known especially for his oratorical skills. He is best remembered for his role in the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the 1850 Compromise Act, temporary fixes to the slavery issue settled later by the Civil War.
The ships sponsor is Mrs. Green B. Gibson.
Commissioning Letter from Blue and Gold Commanding Officers:
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