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Henry Clay Cutlery Set

This ivory-handled cutlery set included the engraved profiles of Winfield Scott and Henry Clay, a statesman and Whig Party founder who Lincoln greatly admired. The set was reportedly a gift from the Clay family to the Lincolns. During the Civil War, several members of the Clay family were appointed to governmental positions including Henry Clay’s son, Thomas H. Clay, as minister to Nicaragua and later Honduras, as well as Clay’s grandson as an assistant adjutant general of volunteers.

Gift of Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, 1976

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Henry Clay Campaign Ribbons

Throughout 1844, Abraham Lincoln campaigned frequently on behalf of presidential candidate and his “beau ideal of a statesman” Henry Clay. Silk campaign ribbons in the 19th century, such as these pro-Clay ribbons, were a simple though effective means of demonstrating support for a political party or candidate. Lincoln attended rallies, gave speeches, and wrote letters on Clay’s behalf, but James K. Polk edged out Clay and became the 11th president of the United States.

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Pay Warrant for Abraham Lincoln to Carry the Presidential Returns from Williamson County

This pay warrant was presented to Abraham Lincoln on November 14th, 1844, as compensation for transporting the presidential polling records from Lawrence County to Springfield. Lincoln had picked up the polling documents on his way back to Springfield, after giving a series of pro-Clay speeches in Indiana during the final days of the election.

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Check of William L. D. Ewing to Abraham Lincoln, 14 November 1844

AUDITOR'S OFFICE ILLINOIS, Springfield, Novr 14 1844

$ 5 00/100

No 12225

Treasurer of the STATE OF ILLINOIS, Pay to A. Lincoln or order, the sum of five dollars and cents, it being in part for his services as Bearer of the presidential poles from Lawrence County to the Seat of Government

Countersigned and Registered.

M. Carpenter Treasurer.
W L D Ewing Auditor of Public Accounts.


A. Lincoln

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