730 Boggs Road
Mableton, GA 30126
Phone: 770-819-2430
Fax: 770-819-2432

About Clay Elementary

Our History

Named after Lucius D Clay, whose family resided in Cobb County and was very active in the community. Clay Street and Clay Homes in Marietta, Georgia are named after Lucius' father, Senator Alexander Stephens Clay. Lucius' mother, Fanny White Clay, became the Marietta postmaster for 21 years after her husband died. She died in 1942 at the age of 79.

In 1937 Lucius served on General Douglas Mac Arthur's staff in the Philippines. He became brigadier general in 1942. He was deputy military governor of Germany in 1946. He was commander of the U.S. forces in Germany from 1947 to May 1949. He became general in 1947.

General Clay was hailed by the U.S. Congress as the "Hero of Berlin" and was honored by eight foreign governments, as well as with his own nations Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and three distinguished service medals. He also received the Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire and the Grand Cross First Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

He was one of the chief architects of America's interstate highway system. In 1952, General Clay convinced General Eisenhower to run for President of the United States in 1952. Clay served was a personal representative for President Kennedy between August 1961 and May 1962. This was during the construction of the Berlin Wall. President Kennedy called on Clay to be a special ambassador during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. "Clay Allee" is a street in Berlin that is named in General Clay's honor.

General Clay died on April 16, 1978 at his residence in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is buried in West Point National Cemetery on the Hudson River.