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Jim Klotter's new book on Henry Clay

Book by Professor Emeritus of History Jim Klotter

Submitted on August 7, 2018

In his book, “Henry Clay: The Man Who Would Be President,” author Jim Klotter, Georgetown College Professor Emeritus of History provides an answer to this historical puzzler: why someone as qualified and prepared as Clay could not win the presidency but would manage to become as important, or more so, than many in his time who were president.

The new volume was released at the beginning of August. It was selected by the Amazon Editorial Team as a Best Book of the Month in history and is the #1 New Release in Southern U.S. Biographies.

Dr. Klotter, the State Historian of Kentucky who retired June 30 after a 20-year teaching career at Georgetown, will speak, introduce his book, then hold a question and answer session and book signing at a reception on Aug. 15. Hosted by the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and the Blue Grass Trust, it will be held at the Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan House, 210 North Mill Street, in Lexington. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Klotter will speak at 6:15 P.M. Books will be available for sale at the event.

Reservations are suggested. Call 859-266-8581, Ext. 202, or email

Dr. Klotter is the author of several books, including “A New History of Kentucky” and “Our Kentucky: A Study of the Bluegrass State.” He has written for or served as editor of numerous publications and is frequently called upon by journalists and reporters across Kentucky and beyond to provide insight and perspective on matters relating to history. In retirement, he continues to research and write.

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