Maurice G. Baxter, in Henry Clay the Lawyer, has produced a useful, short volume that describes Clay's underappreciated professional life as a lawyer. Tracing Clay's life in the law from his early apprenticeship to Chancellor George Wythe through to his final cases, this biography covers Clay's legal career in all its varied forms, from state criminal actions to major constitutional cases before the Supreme Court. More than that, though, like Jerome Mushkat and Joseph G. Rayback's Martin Van Buren: Law, Politics, and the Shaping of Republican Ideology (1997), Baxter's volume seeks, within the confines of one man's life, to understand the relationship between politics and law in this important period of American legal history.
Jacob Katz Cogan, Book Review, 88 J. Am. Hist. 1074 (2001) (reviewing Henry Clay the Lawyer).