I knew of this one. I’m looking forward to numbers 1-3. I can guess what No. 1 is and I think I know of what one of the other ones will be. I’ll be anxious to see the rest of the list.
Challenger: Henry Clay- United States Secretary of State, Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives
Challenged: John Randolph- United States Senator from Virginia, Seven term US Representative from Virginia
The Offense: On the floor of the US Senate, Randolph challenged the legitimacy of the John Quincy Adams administration and implicated Clay was part of the “Corrupt Bargain” which gave the presidency to Adams. Clay demanded public satisfaction and was ignored; he quickly challenged Randolph to a duel.
Background: The fiercely proud, frontier statesman, Henry Clay had already been wounded in a duel in 1809. Clay was arguably the most influential politician of the early republic period; guiding the country through the War of 1812, crafting the American System of economics following the war, and transforming the Speaker position to the powerful post we recognize today. John Randolph of Roanoke was brilliant, eccentric, and unpredictable. He defied Jefferson in 1807…
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