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Secession at Yale  |  John C. Calhoun and Cassius Clay  |  Yale and the Confederacy  |  The Civil War and its Aftermath

The 19th Century: John C. Calhoun and Cassius Clay
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John C. Calhoun
Calhoun served as Congressman, Secretary of War, Vice-President, Secretary of State, and Senator during his long tenure in U.S. politics. He is credited for having "influenced the political history of the United States more than any other graduate in the first two centuries of Yale's history." His state rights philosophy was central to the formation of the Southern Confederacy.

John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) b. Abbeville District, South Carolina, Class of 1804