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Greeley promoted the brightest lights

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As editor of the New York Tribune for a good chunk of the 19th century, Horace Greeley is best known as a champion of liberty. But the newspaperman also promoted some of the greatest thinkers of his time:
  • Margaret Fuller, schoolteacher and pioneer in the campaign for women’s rights. Greeley started her on her literary career writing newspaper articles and books.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson. Greely, says one historian, was “the single most important source of popular knowledge of Emerson’s name and ideas,” bringing the author to America’s attention by praising his work in the Tribune.

  • Henry David Thoreau. Greeley served as Thoreau’s literary agent for more than a decade.

  • Edgar Allan Poe. Greeley supported Poe, lending him $50 (which Poe never returned) to finance his Broadway Journal.
Bottom line: Are you generous with your time, money and encouragement?

—Adapted from Horace Greeley: Champion of American Freedom, Robert C. Williams, New York University Press.

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