Horace Greeley


Founded and edited the New York Tribune. As a prominent abolitionist he used his newspaper to help form public opinion prior to the war. Horace Greeley was born in February 1811, in New Hampshire. He loved reading books, and when he was 15 years old, he was apprenticed to a printer in Vermont. In 1841, he founded the New York Tribune and quickly gained a reputation as one of the best journalists in New York City. His paper reached over 1 million readers, giving Greeley the ability to influence public opinion throughout the nation. And he did so, expressing his opposition to slavery, the Wilmot Proviso and the War with Mexico. He opposed Lincoln for president in 1860 and in 1864, but supported him as President while in office, especially the Emancipation Proclamation. He supported and lobbied for the 13th and 14th Amendments and believed Andrew Johnson was not harsh enough on the South after the war. He received a tremendous amount of criticism and loss of readership for his paper when he contributed the bail bond of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In 1872, he ran at the head of the Democratic ticket for president, losing to incumbent Ulysses S. Grant without receiving a single electoral vote. He died the same year and is buried in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

Birth Location: 
Amherst, NH
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Death Location: 
Pleasantville, NY
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