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Horace Greeley

Horace Greeley
Artist
A. L. Edwards, 1870 - 1880?
Lithographer
Wynkoop Lithography Company
Sitter
Horace Greeley, 3 Feb 1811 - 29 Nov 1872
Date
1872
Type
Print
Medium
Lithograph with tintstone on paper
Dimensions
Image: 35.8 x 27.8cm (14 1/8 x 10 15/16")
Sheet: 48.1 × 38.2cm (18 15/16 × 15 1/16")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9cm (28 × 22")
Topic
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Horace Greeley: Male
Horace Greeley: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate
Horace Greeley: Journalism and Media\Magazine publisher
Horace Greeley: Journalism and Media\Newspaper publisher
Horace Greeley: Journalism and Media\Journalist\Reporter\Newspaper
Horace Greeley: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.77.85
Exhibition Label
Born Amherst, New Hampshire
As editor of the influential New York Tribune, Horace Greeley did not so much seek to report the Civil War as he sought to shape its course. When, in the spring of 1861, Lincoln’s administration seemed reluctant to use force in subduing southern secession, Greeley’s Tribune carried such bellicose headlines as “No Concessions to Traitors!” Shortly thereafter, when Lincoln held back from declaring an end to slavery, the bespectacled Greeley rallied that the freedom of blacks must be made one of the Civil War’s primary imperatives. It is difficult to say just how much Greeley’s editorial declarations affected official Union policies. Still, there is no doubt that his condemnation of the South and calls for slavery’s immediate abolition helped form the consciences of many northerners.
Nacido en Amherst, New Hampshire
Desde su puesto de editor del influyente New York Tribune, Horace Greeley aspiraba, más que a documentar la Guerra Civil, a moldear su curso. En la primavera de 1861, cuando el gobierno de Lincoln parecía renuente a utilizar la fuerza para doblegar a los secesionistas sureños, el Tribune se dedicó a publicar titulares belicosos, tales como “¡Sin concesiones a los traidores!”. Poco después, en vista de que Lincoln demoraba la proclama de la abolición de la esclavitud, Greeley escribió que la libertad de los esclavos tenía que ser uno de los imperativos de la Guerra Civil. Es difícil saber en qué medida los editoriales de Greeley afectaron las políticas oficiales de la Unión. Pero no hay duda de que su repudio al sur y su llamado a la abolición inmediata de la esclavitud lograron concienciar a muchos norteños.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery