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NO. R-47.  House concurrent resolution commemorating the life of 19th-century American journalist, political activist, social critic Horace Greeley.


Offered by:  Representative Donaghy of Poultney

Whereas, Horace Greeley had a broad and lasting impact on 19th-century American society, and he was one of the most prominent journalists and statesmen of his era, and

Whereas, much of his early youth was spent on his family’s farm in West Haven where he displayed a voracious intellectual curiosity, and

Whereas, at age 15, this future founder and editor of the New York Tribune, and the individual most closely associated with the phrase “go west young man” headed in the opposite direction to the village of East Poultney where he began a four-year apprenticeship with the printer (publisher) of the Northern Spectator, and where his insatiable search for knowledge was more easily satisfied with regular visits to the East Poultney Public Library, and

Whereas, his journalism skills proved prodigious, and, within a year, he was able, on his own, to print an entire edition of the Northern Spectator, including typesetting and the composition of political editorials, and

Whereas, while working in East Poultney, he developed a strong abolitionist perspective, assisted a runaway slave that he encountered on the East Poultney green, and laid the foundation for his crafting of an editorial during the Civil War entitled “The Prayer of Twenty Million,” advocating the freeing of all slaves, as President Lincoln directed when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and

Whereas, as a youth in Vermont, Horace Greeley became an advocate for workers’ and women’s rights, positions that he supported fervently throughout his life, and

Whereas, not content just to espouse his opinions in print, Horace Greeley became a formidable political figure, serving as a member of Congress, nominating Abraham Lincoln at the 1860 Republican convention, and, in 1872, seeking the presidency on his own accord, albeit unsuccessfully, and

Whereas, in commemoration of East Poultney and Vermont’s role in shaping the outlook and character of this most distinguished American, a group of local citizens has established the Horace Greeley Foundation and celebrate his birthday each year on February 3rd, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commemorates the life of Horace Greeley and the role that Vermont played in the intellectual and political development of this most distinguished American, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Linda Knowlton at the Horace Greeley Foundation in East Poultney.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont