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Cassius Marcellus Clay
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United States Ambassador to Russia
In office
May 7, 1863 – October 1, 1869
President Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
Ulysses S. Grant
Preceded by Simon Cameron
Succeeded by Andrew G. Curtin
In office
July 14, 1861 – June 25, 1862
President Abraham Lincoln
Preceded by John Appleton
Succeeded by Simon Cameron
Member of the
Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1810-10-19)October 19, 1810
Madison County, Kentucky, U.S.
Died July 22, 1903(1903-07-22) (aged 92)
Madison County, Kentucky, U.S.
Political party Republican (1854–70; 1884–1903)
Liberal Republican (1870–72)
Democratic (1872–84)
Spouse(s) Mary Jane Warfield (1833–1878, divorced)
Dora Richardson (1894–1897, divorced)
Children Elisha Warfield Clay
Green Clay
Mary Barr Clay
Sally Clay
Laura Clay
Brutus J. Clay II
Anne Clay
David Kevin Clay (adopted)
Alma mater Transylvania University
Yale College
Occupation Lawyer, politician, newspaper publisher, soldier, farmer
Known for Southern abolitionist and U.S. ambassador to Russia
Military service
Branch/service 1st Kentucky Cavalry
Years of service 1846–1847
Rank Union army cpt rank insignia.jpg Captain
Union Army major general rank insignia.svg Major general
Battles/wars Mexican–American War
American Civil War

Cassius Marcellus Clay (October 19, 1810 – July 22, 1903), nicknamed the "Lion of White Hall," was a Kentucky planter, politician, and emancipationist who worked for the abolition of slavery. He was a founding member of the Republican Party in Kentucky, and was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as the United States minister to Russia. Clay is credited with gaining Russian support for the Union during the American Civil War.

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