Henry Clay became known as "the Great Compromiser" when he used his skills as a negotiator to maintain a balance between the free and the slave states. Clay helped to draft three pieces of legislation that postponed the Civil War, including "The Missouri Compromise" and "The Compromise of 1850."
Clay worked to keep the Union together even when it hurt his own career. He might have become president in 1844 if he had not opposed Texas's entry into the Union. Why didn't Clay want Texas to join the Union?