Horace Greeley was born in New Hampshire and moved to New York City as a young man. He worked for the "New Yorker" and in 1841 established the "New York Tribune." He was the editor of this very influential newspaper for over thirty years. Greeley used his position as editor to publish his strong views against alcohol, tobacco, gambling, prostitution, and capital punishment. He also incorporated his political views into the paper, especially the abolition of slavery. In 1860, Greeley supported the presidential campaign of Abraham Lincoln. However, Greeley was unhappy with the way Lincoln dealt with some issues of slavery.
Horace Greeley ran against Ulysses S. Grant in the election of 1872. Greeley proved to be an excellent campaigner but was unable to compete against Grant. Grant won 286 electoral votes to Greeley’s 62. When Grant was reelected, Greeley was very critical of his decisions and actions as president.
Horace Greeley died a few weeks after losing the presidential election.
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