TIL about Kentucky abolitionist politician Cassius Marcellus Clay. During a debate in 1843, he survived an assassination attempt due to his political views. Despite being shot in the chest, Clay drew his Bowie knife, tackled his would be assassin, cut out his eyes, and threw him over an embankment.

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Damn, the guy seemed pretty tame until he threw the other guy over the embankment

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AudibleNod

If you openly opposed slavery in the South you had to be a stone badass. Note that another six dudes tried to murder him for it later and he fought them all off with his Bowie knife, killing one. Imagine how bad it would have been for him if he’d opposed ‘states’ rights.’

thecave

Fun fact: One of the leading scholars on Clay was Richard Kiel, who played Jaws in the James Bond movies.

StillAngryOldFella

So were his political views what spurred the assassination attempt, or what let him survive? I feel like that’s important to ask.

ElfMage83