Library of Congress
CLAY, Alexander Stephens (1853-1910)

CLAY, ALEXANDER STEPHENS, a Senator from Georgia; born near Powder Springs, Cobb County, Ga., September 25, 1853; attended the common schools; graduated from Hiawassee (Tenn.) College in 1875; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1877 and commenced practice in Marietta, Ga.; member of the city council in 1880 and 1881; member, State house of representatives 1884-1887, 1889-1890; served as speaker pro tempore in 1886-1887, 1889-1890; member, State senate 1892-1894, serving as president for two years; elected in 1896 as a Democrat to the United States Senate; reelected in 1902 and again in 1908 and served from March 4, 1897, until his death in Atlanta, Ga., on November 13, 1910; chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Fifty-ninth Congress), Committee on Woman Suffrage (Sixty-first Congress); interment in the City Cemetery, Marietta, Ga.

Atlanta History Center
Atlanta, GA
Papers: 1901. 28 items. Chiefly constituent letters.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: Discussed in Lucius D. Clay interview.

Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: 4 items.

University of Georgia
Hargrett Library for Rare Books and Manuscripts
Athens, GA
Papers: 1 letter (1896) containing a biographical sketch emphasizing his political accomplishments; and correspondence in William J. Harris papers, 1905-1916.

  • Mellichamp, Josephine. "Alexander S. Clay.'' In Senators from Georgia, pp. 193-95. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.
  • U.S. Congress. Alexander S. Clay (Late a Senator from Georgia). Memorial Addresses Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States. 61st Cong., 3d sess., 1910-1911. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1911.