How History Can Be Annoying

by Will on March 30, 2013

It was bad enough that Muhammad Ali, the famous boxer, went by a name that referred also to an important Egyptian ruler in the nineteenth century.

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Muhammad Ali, Modernizing Leader of Egypt after Napoleon

At least if an ambiguity arose, you could always clear it up by noting that the boxer was previously known as Cassius Clay. This name, it turns out, was also shared with another person of note; this time, the cousin of senator Henry Clay, who was also an anti-slavery politician and publisher in the nineteenth century, whose life overlapped with the Egyptian viceroy’s.

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Cassius Clay, Abolitionist Publisher and Politician of Kentucky

You can’t win!

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