The Presidents Code – Speaker of the House Henry Clay
Henry Clay was one of the most influential figures of his time. In the summer of 1811, after Joseph Bradley Varnum resigned from Congress, Clay was chosen as Speaker of the House on the first day in session. This was never done before and has never been done again. He served as Speaker of the House three times, more than any man in history. Clay also ran for President five times, gaining his Party’s nomination in 1824, 1834 and 1844 in which he was narrowly by James Polk. He was Andrew Jackson‘s primary rival and helped to form the Whig party of which he would lead throughout the 2nd Party System.
Henry Clay’s name meaning is speaking of Adam being cast out of the Garden of Eden where he and his descendants would fill the earth or ‘clay.’ Adam’s exile out of the Garden would be the next era in Biblical history which corresponds with the aforementioned 2nd Party System, or political era in American history.
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 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
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