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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Henry Clay (1777–1852)
QUOTATION: Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
ATTRIBUTION: HENRY CLAY.The Clay Code, or Text-Book of Eloquence, a Collection of Axioms, Apothegms, Sentiments … Gathered from the Public Speeches of Henry Clay, ed. G. Vandenhoff, p. 93 (1844).

Clay served in the House of Representatives 1811–1814, 1815–1821, and 1823–1825; he was Speaker every year except 1821. He was a senator 1806–1807, 1810–1811, 1831–1842, and 1849–1852.
SUBJECTS: Character