Don't Blame Me, I Voted Horace Greeley T-shirt

Don't Blame Me, I Voted Horace Greeley T-shirt

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If you like government free of corruption and ensuring everyone can vote, you’d probably have been a Greeley supporter...unless you prefer politicians who don’t waffle on the issues. Hmmm...sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

“Newspaper man: Mr. Greeley! Mr. Greeley! Why did you decide to run as a Liberal Republican against President Ulysses S. Grant?

Horace Greeley: I’ve been successful as a newsman and writer. The New York Tribune is second in popularity only to the Bible. It’s time to fight the corruption taking hold in the Republican Party. The party I helped found, from the Grant Administration.

Reporter: But you have constantly fallen short when it comes to running for political office, isn’t that right?

Horace Greeley: Sirs, I have made stands both for and against issues. I supported the emancipation of all men during the war and reconciliation during Reconstruction. I desire, as do my fellow men, for civil service reform, lower taxes, and land reform.

Reporter: What advice would you give to the American people looking to the future?

Horace Greeley: Go west, young man, and grow up with the country!”

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Historical Background

Horace Greeley was known an eccentric man well before his presidential run in 1872. However, to dismiss his entire life in such a cavalier manner would be to overlook one of the more important men of the 19th century.

Greeley grew from humble beginnings on a farm in Vermont to become editor of the New York Tribune, one of the most influential daily newspapers in the country and was a founder of the Republican Party.

Amongst popularizing the phrase, “Go West, young man, and grow with the country,” he was a congressman, and tasked with writing a two volume history about the American Civil War only months after the conflict had ended.

Dedicated to the ideal that all men should be freed and have suffrage, he ran against Grant due to what he and others viewed as a government marred by corruption and Grant’s allowing the Southern state governments to reform without guaranteeing voting rights for African Americans.

To do so, he was elected by both the Liberal Republicans and Democratic Party (and remember, the Democratic Party was against emancipation). Unfortunately, his wife became sick and passed away a month before the election. Greeley’s personal loss coupled with his loss in the popular election vote took a toll on his health and when he found out he was being unseated at the Tribune he took a turn for the worst and died before the electoral college convened.