A Copious Lock Of Henry Clay’s Hair And Autograph With Period Provenance In Case. A very unique and historical artifact offered for the first time. Henry Clay was on e of the most important political figures in the 19th Century. Henry Clay, Sr. (April 12, 1777 – June 29, 1852) was an American lawyer and planter, statesman, and skilled orator who represented Kentucky in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. After serving three non-consecutive terms as Speaker of the House of Representatives, he served as Secretary of State under President John Quincy Adams. Clay ran for the presidency in 1824, 1832 and 1844, while also seeking his party’s nomination in 1840 and 1848. Though he was unsuccessful in all of his attempts to reach his nation’s highest office, Clay was an important national figure from 1811 to his death in 1852. He founded the Whig Party, one of the two major parties during the Second Party System. Saving hair locks was a 18th and 19th century tradition that predated photographs. It was a way of remembering someone and having an object that was personal close you. Many wives would save there husband’s hair when going to war or in death. Famous people’s hair was very sought after by admirers. This copious lock has hand written in ink a period note/tag stating “Piece of Henry Clay’s Hair cut from his head whilst bathing by my Aunt Mary Hines” also a second tag simply saying “Henry Clay Hair”. The notes and hair is in a period gutta percha, brass and glass case along with Henry Clay’s autograph that says “Your affc Husband Henry Clay”. Also included is a period engraving of Henry Clay. This makes an outstanding display of important historical significance. Worthy of the most advanced collectios. 100% guaranteed to be authentic Gettysburg Museum certified, museum COA label provided.