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Preface Horace Greeley is remembered by the men of his own day as a great editor and a somewhat eccentric genius. While we like to hear about a man's personal characteristics, in studying his biography the lessons of a life like Greeley's are to be found in his works. When a gawky country lad, with a limited education andn's career there must be material for useful study. And the place to study Horace Greeley is in his newspapers. He made these newspapers; he gave them their charactar-reaching results. This is especially true of the slavery question; because Greeley was not an early Abolitionist-not an Abolitionist at all, in the technical sendence; what wonder, too, if it should have thrown off his balance a man like Mr. Greeley, whose head was not strong, whose education was imperfect, and whose self-coce had been fortified by a brave and successful struggle with adversity. Of Greeley's honesty and purity of motive there was never any question. In his days of
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 1: his early years and first employment as a compositor (search)
one of whose wharves an Albany boat landed Horace Greeley one summer morning. His equipment for a sh his father subscribed. The first book that Greeley owned was The Columbian Orator, given to him me men, after going through such struggles as Greeley encountered, would have regretted in later yeses are all concessions to the idea for which Greeley then contended. A lad disgusted with the h trade as a congenial occupation. Newspapers Greeley had loved and devoured from the time when he ibel suits, in the early days of the Tribune, Greeley printed a report of an imaginary argument by as that kind of practical education for which Greeley always contended, and it was excellent fundamstic experiment that has proved a failure. Greeley's interest in politics began with his early iident, and Henry Clay Secretary of State when Greeley went to East Poultney, and public feeling wasg as an indoor exercise. Two rules of life Greeley had already formed when he reached New York-h[12 more...]
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 2: first experiences in New York city-the New Yorker (search)
on financial views his straits for money Greeley soon satisfied himself with a stopping place,eet, where a compositor was wanted, and there Greeley betook himself on Monday morning so early tharform it. When the proprietor came in and saw Greeley at work, he inquired, Did you hire that d-d fith this business in sight, Story proposed to Greeley that they open a printing-office of their owng was a reputable business in those days, and Greeley not only printed the dealers' organ, but was olized by the newspapers of the day. Whether Greeley had gaged the literary taste of New York by tccessfully attempted to endure to the end. Greeley contributed to the New Yorker and to other pe, deprecated war and proposed arbitration. Greeley's view of clean journalism was well set fortharly, as well as a late, characteristic of Horace Greeley. Beginning with less than a dozen subsces pay $5 for the use of $500 over Sunday. Greeley wrote to a friend on July 29, 1835: I paid of[16 more...]
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 3: Thurlow Weed's discovery-the Jeffersonian and the Log Cabin (search)
the Log Cabin their character and features Greeley's industry poor business management last ofbe met by some Whigs of means. Only a man of Greeley's indomitable energy and willingness to work as disregarded with disastrous consequences. Greeley who, as he expressed it, profoundly loved Henans, I wholly misapprehend them. But while Greeley would not urge the nomination of his own favos are his), and Weed was powerless to repress Greeley's advocacy of what he considered vagaries in Gaylord Clark, in the Knickerbocker, said of Greeley: A man careless, it may be, of the style of haders only the most entertaining subjects. Greeley was a member of the Young Men's Whig State Cen one of his many partners in the firm of Horace Greeley & Co., which published the New Yorker, but after getting the mail from the post-office, Greeley put it into his overcoat pocket, forgot all a flame when his office was burned in 1845. Greeley names four causes of the New Yorker's financi[16 more...]
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 4: the founding of the New York Tribune (search)
il 4, came to checking the Tribune enterprise Greeley explained in a brief autobiography, dated Aprever an editor needed a good business partner Greeley did, and he was fortunate in finding one. e his partner in the new enterprise, and this Greeley gladly accepted, and the announcement of the bookstore under the printing-office in which Greeley had set up the Testament, and his natural busartnership continued for more than ten years. Greeley has called McElrath's business management nevook for their profits to the advertisements. Greeley asserted, in 1868, that no journal sold for antion, if not always of the public approval. Greeley's own energy was tireless, his editorial cono credit to any newspaper of our own. When Greeley attacked a contemporary for some cause that aone of their numerous lecture engagements. Mr. Greeley came into the car where we were seated withand will merely remember his name. To this Mr. Greeley replied, I think you are right, and I won't[21 more...]
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 5: sources of the Tribune's influence — Greeley's personality (search)
began writing for it in 1861, and, outliving Greeley, gave to its literary columns for twenty yeary J. Raymond wrote to R. W. Griswold in 1841: Greeley got himself into a scrape by connecting himsed have been rejected by modern socialists. Greeley was attracted by Sylvester Graham's dietetic o excuse, when guests were present. Usually, Greeley tells us, a day, or at most two, of beans and elsewhere a more congenial hospitality. Mrs. Greeley made the acquaintance of Margaret Fuller inge. Thus we see that there were isms to which Greeley could not be attracted. Greeley was responagricultural subjects. In no character was Greeley so satirized as in that of a farmer, professiting that he could fill a hole in a program. Greeley was never an orator, but people have a curiosts a mile, by the usual traveled route. When Greeley made his first call on the sergeant-at-arms fcey M. Depew has told of finding a visitor in Greeley's editorial room when he made a call on him. [61 more...]
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 6: the tariff question (search)
Chapter 6: the tariff question Greeley's early sympathies legislation between 1832 and desire to try the issue four years later Greeley's sympathies were always in favor of a protecarrison elevated to the presidency a man whom Greeley in later years characterized as an imbitteredt to Washington in December, 1841, convinced Greeley that Tyler was treacherously coqueting with Lfocoism with a view to his own renomination. Greeley made a trip in 1842 through parts of New Englers. This opinion was certainly in line with Greeley's recommendation. From that time to the dae dispensed with. A series of 24 essays by Greeley, designed to elucidate the science of politic an easy chair. It was in this campaign that Greeley won his position as the leading Whig expoundend defender of the doctrine of protection. Greeley accepted the election of Polk as a personal days thought, have secured Clay's election. Greeley did not ignore, in the next few years, the g[5 more...]
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 7: Greeley's part in the antislavery contest (search)
American slavery. To understand the value of Greeley's services in the antislavery contest it is nthe Tribune defended Polk in the same way. Greeley's early objection to the annexation of Texas and slavery for the present. In other words, Greeley as well as Clay would have been glad to keep Federal Union will for us exist no longer. Greeley was a zealous advocate of Clay's nomination ae dancing now. While a member of Congress (Greeley was elected that year) he took every opportutempts to enforce the new fugitive slave law. Greeley early declared that the existence of this lawnterpreted the actual result. Now Whigs like Greeley and Seward, Free-soilers like Sumner and Chasld forbid the use of their names any longer. Greeley considered this attempt to dictate to the Ho body. Thereupon Rust, on January 23, struck Greeley several blows with his fist as the editor wass arm and inflicting on him a severe bruise. Greeley refused to prosecute his assailant, saying th[38 more...]
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 8: during the civil war (search)
on of the political firm of Seward, Weed, and Greeley, by the withdrawal of the junior partner, sai made, and the disaster of Bull Run followed, Greeley and the Tribune incurred what might be calledf the North, and declaring that the idea that Greeley would favor no step that would endanger the Ul and complete powers for a peace, and urging Greeley to go on at once for the purpose of a privateceptance of any authorized peace agent, under Greeley's guidance, puzzled the editor, and he first all be a personal witness that it is made. Greeley still hesitated, but he finally consented to e Confederates sent him a letter addressed to Greeley, in which they attacked the President for alln for a personal discussion. This invitation Greeley declined, and in his reply to a second one herick upon another in the Tribune office now. Greeley never alluded to the subject again. Hale'sne--that President Lincoln paid a visit to Horace Greeley, at the Tribune office, of a most sacred n[95 more...]
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 9: Greeley's presidential campaign-his death (search)
auses of Republican discontent, and to review Greeley's position on the question of reconstruction.ield, and Hale voting with the yeas. While Greeley was not identified personally with the civil which Congress passed during that conflict. Greeley was a bitter opponent of President Johnson's personal consequences. The feeling against Greeley in New York city manifested itself most pointtion setting forth that there was nothing in Greeley's action calling for proceedings of this clubh he attended), said: Strange as it may seem, Greeley's nomination was generally regarded as impossthat State indicated a willingness to sustain Greeley, whose presence on the ticket should be a guas own withdrawal, but urged the nomination of Greeley. The Missouri delegation at once retired for made a vigorous plea against handing over to Greeley their vote. In the first ballot Missouri had announcement of the ballot was made, it gave Greeley 482 and Adams 187. Greeley was the nominee o[59 more...]
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