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Horace Greeley

1872 portrait of Greeley by J.E. Baker
Personal data
Date of birthFebruary 3, 1811
Place of birthAmherst, New Hampshire, U.S.
Date of deathNovember 29, 1872(age 61)
Place of deathPleasantville, New York, U.S.
Political partyWhig, Liberal Republican Party, Republican
SpouseMary Cheney Greeley
ProfessionEditor, Politician
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 6th district
Assumed officeDecember 4, 1848 � March 3, 1849
Succeeded byJames Brooks
Preceded byDavid S. Jackson
Running mateB. Gratz Brown
OpponentUlysses S. Grant (R)
IncumbentUlysses S. Grant (R)

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Horace Greeley (February 3, 1811 - November 29, 1872) was an American newspaper editor, a founder of the Liberal Republican Party, a reformer, and a politician. His New York Tribune was America's most influential newspaper from the 1840s to the 1870s and "established Greeley's reputation as the greatest editor of his day." Greeley used it to promote the Whig and Republican parties, as well as opposition to slavery and a host of reforms ranging from vegetarianism to socialism.

Crusading against the corruption of Ulysses S. Grant's Republican administration, he was the new Liberal Republican Party's candidate in the 1872 U.S. presidential election. Despite having the additional support of the Democratic Party, he lost in a landslide. He is currently the only presidential candidate to have died prior to the counting of electoral votes.

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