Horace Greeley, 1811 - 1872

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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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