Kentucky 1815 U.S. House of Representatives, District 2, Special

U.S. House of Representatives (Federal)
U.S. Congressman
Kentucky 1815 U.S. House of Representatives, District 2, Special
First Ballot
U.S. House of Representatives/U.S. Congressman
Henry Clay
Candidates: Henry Clay[1]
Final Result: [2][3][4][5]-
District of Two-
Fayette County-
Jessamine County-
Woodford County-


[2]Henry Clay was re-elected in 1812 [13th Congress]. In early 1814 he was appointed Minister, or Envoy to Great Britain and resigned his Congressional seat on January 19, 1814 and there was a special election in February 1814 to pick his replacement. He was still out of the country in August 1814 when he decided again to be a candidate to the 14th Congress. He was elected, but since he was still in England, the Governor of Kentucky who was unsure of the Constitutional issues involving Henry Clay holding two federal offices issued a writ for a new election, thereby vacating the seat to which Clay had been elected in 1814. The special election, which was still for the 14th Congress was held on October 30, 1815 and Henry Clay was elected without opposition. Henry Clay returned to the United States in early October and apparently after being elected again to Congress he was able to resume his Congressional duties.
[3]"The Hon. Henry Clay arrived in this town on Wednesday evening last, after an absence of nearly two years." The Western Monitor (Lexington, KY). October 6, 1815.
[4]"On Monday next the 30th inst. an election will take place, in the district of Fayette, Woodword and Jessamine, of a representative to Congress, in the place rendered vacant by Mr. Clay's having been engaged on a foreign mission. Mr. Clay is again announced as a candidate."
[5]"The Hon. Henry Clay is again elected a Representative to Congress from this district." The Western Monitor (Lexington, KY). November 03, 1815.


The Western Monitor (Lexington, KY). October 6, 1815.
The Reporter (Lexington, KY). October 25, 1815.
The Western Monitor (Lexington, KY). October 27, 1815.
The Western Monitor (Lexington, KY). November 03, 1815.
Republican Star or Eastern Shore General Advertiser (Easton, MD). November 21, 1815.

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