Horace Greeley

Horace Greeley (1811 - 1872) owned the New York Tribune which was considered one of America's most influential newspapers from the 1840s to the 1870s. He was also a reformer and politician and founder of the Liberal Republican Party. Greeley lost the 1872 U.S. presidential election to the Republican incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant. Clarence Darrow recalls Greeley and this election: "From my youth I was always interested in political questions. My father, like many others in northern Ohio, had early come under the spell of Horace Greeley, and, as far back as I can remember, the New York Weekly Tribune was the political and social Bible of our home. I was fifteen years old when Horace Greeley ran for the presidency. My father was an enthusiastic supporter of Greeley and I joined with him; and well do I remember the gloom and despair that clouded our home when we received the news of his defeat." Clarence Darrow, The Story of My Life. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-47450