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Clay County was founded in 1870. It was named in honor of Henry Clay. He was a Representative in Congress from Kentucky for many years, sometime speaker of the House, U. S. senator and secretary of state to President John Quincy Adams. Three times he ran as candidate for the office of President.
This county borders on the Kentucky line. Celina, which lies on the Cumberland River, is the county seat. Other towns are Butler's Lauding and Centerville. The navigable streams are the Cumberland and Obey's rivers. Other water-courses are, Irvin's, Mill and Brimstone creeks. These streams furnish excellent water power. The topography of the county presents a general plain, deeply cut into by numerous valleys. The soil is generally good, and the county well timbered with the usual varieties.

Clay county possesses considerable mineral wealth, iron and petroleum being the principal minerals, though lead and other minerals are found. No mining of importance is done at present The principal products are corn, wheat, oats, tobacco, grass, clover and live stock. There are several good schools in the county. The principal religious denominations arc Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Cumberland Presbyterian and Christian. The taxes levied by the county on $100 are: for schools, 10 cents; for county purposes, 30 cents.
Hand-book of Tennessee - By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882






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