Horace Greeley

American politician and publisher (1811–1872)

Horace Greeley (February 3, 1811 – November 29, 1872) was an American newspaper editor, reformer and politician. His New York Tribune was the most influential newspaper of the period 1840 - 1870. Greeley used it to promote the Whig and Republican parties.

Horace Greeley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th district
In office
December 4, 1848 – March 3, 1849
Preceded byDavid S. Jackson
Succeeded byJames Brooks
Personal details
Born(1811-02-03)February 3, 1811
Amherst, New Hampshire, U.S.
DiedNovember 29, 1872(1872-11-29) (aged 61)
Pleasantville, New York, U.S.
Political partyWhig (Before 1854)
Republican (1854–1872)
Liberal Republican (1872)
Spouse(s)Mary Cheney

He is best known for his socially colored journalism. He wanted to convince people of his ideas. He thought that the role of a journalist must be to convince people with sound arguments. He did not like the sensationalist approach of Joseph Pulitzer and others.

Greeley ran for president in 1872, but died before the election results came. Whether or not if he died he would have lost to Ulysses S. Grant.