The Presidents Code – Speaker of the House Henry Clay (2) (continued)
Henry Clay was the Speaker of the House through most of James Monroe‘s first term in office. This further links the Madison and Monroe Presidencies together. Clay’s name is speaking of the exile of Adam from the Garden of Eden. It was during this term as Speaker that Clay firmly established himself as a leader in the Democratic-Republican party. He brought forth the idea of the “American System” which was based in the Federalist ideology of Alexander Hamilton’s “American School” or “National System”. This combining of ideology of the Democratic-Republicans with the Federalists led to the end of the Federalist party as they became ‘amalgamated’ into the Democratic-Republican party. This set up the ‘Era of Good Feelings’ in which America was said to have one party.
Henry comes from the Germanic words ‘heim’ meaning home and ‘ric’ meaning power or ruler.
Clay is an English surname referring to a person who lived near or worked with clay, it is also sometimes a shortened form of Clayton. Clayton means ‘clay settlement.’ This is speaking of Adam’s role as “ruler” over the earth/clay (Genesis 1:26-28) and also displays the punishment of Adam’s transgression as he would return to the dust of which he was formed when he died (Genesis 3:17-19).
Previous article: Vice President Daniel D. Tompkins
Next article: President Pro Tempore John Gaillard (2) (continued)