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William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 7: Greeley's part in the antislavery contest (search)
dered clearer, and the Northern determination to resist it was strengthened. The Tribune's files are a sufficient demonstration of the part it took in the formation of the new Northern sentiment, and Greeley's willingness to accept the compromise measures when they were in process of formation increased his authority when he interpreted the actual result. Now Whigs like Greeley and Seward, Free-soilers like Sumner and Chase, Abolitionists like Owen Lovejoy and Giddings, and Democrats like Trumbull and Blair saw a common ground on which they could fight under the same banner; and on this ground the foundation of the new Republican party was laid in 1854. Henry Wilson says: At the outset, Mr. Greeley was hopeless, and seemed disinclined to enter upon the contest. So often defeated by Northern defection therein, he distrusted Congress, nor had he faith that the people would reverse the verdict of their representatives. He told his associates that he would not restrain them, but,
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 9: Greeley's presidential campaign-his death (search)
e and tariff reformers. Illinois was divided between Senator Trumbull and Judge David Davis, of the United States Supreme C Adams, the most boastful for Brown, while the friends of Trumbull and Cox counsel quietly. The next day its advices from trepresented by forty-two delegates, and the supporters of Trumbull and Davis were stubbornly antagonistic. The anti-Adams fe nomination, reported no change, except that Greeley and Trumbull were a little stronger ; and the Sun correspondent noted d as follows: Greeley147 Brown95 Adams205 Curtin62 Trumbull110 Chase2ZZZ Davis922 This vote aroused the enthusIn the first ballot Missouri had given Brown 30 votes and Trumbull 3. In the second ballot it gave Greeley 10, Trumbull 16,Trumbull 16, and Adams 4. In the fifth ballot it increased the vote for Greeley to 18, giving Trumbull 8 and Adams 4, and the total of Trumbull 8 and Adams 4, and the total of this ballot gave Adams 309, and Greeley 258. Adams's supporters now counted on his nomination as a certainty on the next ba