“Poor Horace” was Portrait Subject
A Schoolmaster’s Caricature, Made in 1873, Preserved By Family
R. H. Clayton Still Lives
by Egbert T. Bush, Stockton, N.J.
published by the Hunterdon Co. Democrat, Dec. 10, 1931
“Poor Horace” was Horace Greeley (1811-1872), founder, publisher and editor of the New York Tribune, a very influential newspaper during Greeley’s lifetime. He was also one of the founders of the new Republican Party in 1854. He was a vigorous opponent of slavery, and promoted many idealistic causes. In 1872 he was the candidate of both the Liberal Republican party and the Democratic Party against Republican Ulysses S. Grant, who was running for a second term. Despite the corruption of Grant’s administration, Greeley lost the electoral college in a landslide.