Although dueling was illegal in Virginia, Secretary of State Henry Clay challenged U.S. Senator John Randolph of Roanoke. Clay called Randolph out to defend his honor after Randolph insulted him in a speech on the Senate floor. Randolph confided to Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri that he had no intention of hurting Clay, who was married and had a child. The duel took place on 8 April 1826 a half mile north at Pimmit Run. Both first shots missed their intended targets. Clay's second shot also missed, and Randolph raised his pistol and fired it in the air. The duel then ended, and the unhurt adversaries met each other halfway and shook hands.
Geographic Location: Arlington County
Physical Description of Location: Arlington, VA 22207. Located on North Glebe Road (Rt. 120), 1.5 miles southwest of the intersection of North Glebe Road (Rt. 120) and George Washington Memorial Parkway. Marker is on the right when traveling southwest on North Glebe Road (Rt. 120).
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