Horace Greeley, 1811 - 1872
1872 engraving by J. E. Baker
Born: 3 February 1811, Amherst, New Hampshire
Died: 29 November 1872, Pleasantville, New York
At age eleven Greeley was apprenticed to a printer, after his apprenticeship ended he moved to New York in 1831 and worked for a string of newspapers before founding the New York Tribune in 1841. He edited the Tribune for thirty years, reaching a large local audience daily plus another million Americans with his weekly edition. His editorials in favor of school reforms and westward expansion were mixed with opposition to drinking, smoking, slavery, gambling, prostitution, and flogging in the Navy. In 1872 he ran for president against Republican incumbent U. S. Grant and lost, despite being the nominee of two parties. Because he died before the electoral college met, only three electors cast their votes for him, and Congress disallowed those.
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- A widow of doubtful age will marry almost any sort of a white man. permalink
letter to Dr. Rufus Wilmot Griswold
- Abstaining is favorable both to the head and the pocket. permalink
- Ah! if the pulpit would practice what it preaches, then all would be well. permalink
- Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one. permalink
- Apathy is a sort of living oblivion. permalink
- Bigotry is chronic dogmatism. permalink
- Common sense is very uncommon. permalink
- Duty and to-day are ours; results and futurity belong to God. permalink
- Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character. permalink
- Fame usually comes to those who are thinking of something else. permalink
- Great grief makes sacred those upon whom its hand is laid. Joy may elevate, ambition glorify, but sorrow alone can consecrate. permalink
- He cannot wisely consent to spend the best years of his life in getting ready to live. permalink
What I Know Of Farming (1871)
- I accept your nomination in the confident trust that the masses of our countrymen, north and south, are eager to clasp hands across the bloody chasm which has so long divided them. permalink
- I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot. permalink
- I am too sick to be out of bed, too crazy to sleep, and am surrounded by horrors. permalink
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