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Horace Greeley, 3 Feb 1811 - 29 Nov 1872  Search this
Quarter-plate daguerreotype
Image: 10.7 x 8.2cm (4 3/16 x 3 1/4")
Case Open: 11.7 x 18.9 x 0.6cm (4 5/8 x 7 7/16 x 1/4")
c. 1850
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In an 1865 editorial, Horace Greeley, publisher of the New York Tribune, declared, "Go west, young man, go west." Although this statement was probably first uttered by an Indiana journalist in 1851, it succinctly summarized the passion for westward expansion shared by many in the East. Like other journalists of the day, including John O'Sullivan, who prophesied in 1845 that it was America's "manifest destiny" to settle the entire continent, Greeley advocated the exploration and settlement of the West. In 1859 he traveled west by railroad and stagecoach, documenting his journey in a series of articles, one of which called for the construction of a transcontinental railroad.
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Horace Greeley: Male  Search this
Horace Greeley: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate  Search this
Horace Greeley: Communications\Publisher\Magazine  Search this
Horace Greeley: Communications\Publisher\Newspaper  Search this
Horace Greeley: Communications\Journalist\Reporter\Newspaper  Search this
Horace Greeley: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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