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Greeley, Horace (1811–1872)

Horace Greeley was an American newspaper editor, a publisher of diverse opinions and literary content, and a champion of 19th-century social and political movements. He used the New York Tribune, the crowning achievement of his career, to call for protective tariffs and improvements in national infrastructure, the abolition of slavery, and to influence the policies of both the Whig and Republican parties. In 1872, Greeley ran unsuccessfully for president as a candidate for both the Democratic and Liberal Republican tickets, the only time in American history when a candidate received the backing of two major political parties.

In 1834, Greeley founded the New-Yorker, his first successful editorial project, as a weekly literary and news journal that featured his interest in politics, social issues, and the arts ...

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