CLAY, Brutus Junius (1808-1878)

CLAY, BRUTUS JUNIUS, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Richmond, Madison County, Ky., July 1, 1808; attended the common schools and was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky.; engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising; moved to Bourbon County in 1837 and continued former pursuits; member of State house of representatives in 1840; elected president of Bourbon County Agricultural Association in 1840 and served thirty years; president of the Kentucky Agricultural Association 1853-1861; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1860; elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865); chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Thirty-eighth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection; resumed former pursuits; died near Paris, Ky., October 11, 1878; interment in the family burial ground at ``Auvergne,'' near Paris, Ky.

Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: In the John Milton Hay Correspondence, 1854-1914, "Chamberlain" to "Cooke," approximately 6,000 items.
Other authors include Brutus Junius Clay.


Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Microfilm: 1782-1873, 2 microfilm reels.
The original papers of Brutus Clay are at the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.

Papers: In the Stephen Gano Burbridge Papers, 1862-1865, 22 items.
Correspondents include Brutus Clay.

Papers: In the Sidney Payne Clay Papers, 1779-1898, 1.5 cubic feet.
Persons represented include Brutus Clay.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1782-1873, 125 items.
Correspondence, legal documents, maps, printed matter, and other papers; relates chiefly to Brutus J. Clay and Cassius M. Clay.

Papers: In the Edward Bennett Williams Papers, ca. 1920-1990, 22 linear feet.
Correspondents include Brutus J. Clay. A finding aid is available in the library.

  • Clay, Brutus Junius. Letters from the correspondence of Brutus J. Clay, 1808-1878. Edited with notes by Cassius M. Clay. [Paris, Ky.]: N.p., 1958.
  • Hood, James Larry. "The Union and Slavery: Congressman Brutus J. Clay of the Bluegrass." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 75 (July 1977): 214-21.