ITEM OF THE WEEK – JULY 18, 2014
This print is of a painting by Peter Rothermel that depicts the greatest Senate debate, the Compromise of 1850, with Senator Henry Clay on the Senate floor. The Compromise was comprised of 5 bills which provided relief from tensions over slavery and the status of territoies gained during the Mexican-American War (1846-1848).
Henry Clay was a brilliant and colorful Whig party leader from Kentucky who served in the U.S. Senate for 16 years. Clay also served as Secretary of State under President John Quincy Adams from 1825-1829 and ran for U.S. President in 1824 (against Adams, Andrew Jackson, and William Crawford), 1832, and 1844.
On August 30, 1826, Clay was saying at the Old White (now the Greenbrier Resort) in White Sulphur Springs and was honored with a public dinner at a tavern in Lewisburg owned by James Frazier. There has been some debate over whether the dinner was held at the Star Tavern and Inn (now the North House) or at the Bell Tavern, once located on East Washington Street in Lewisburg.
The print is on display in the Dinning Room of the North House Museum, located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg. The museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.