Marble was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on November 16, 1835. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1855, at age 20. He joined the Boston Journal and also became editor of the Traveller. He moved to New York City in 1858 and joined the New York Evening Post. In 1859, he went to the Red River Valley as The Evening Post's correspondent. He contributed three papers on his journey, to Harper's Magazine.
New York World
The New York World was formed in 1860. Marble became its proprietor and editor in 1862. He turned it into a free-trade Democratic Journal. Marble's World building was not attacked during the New York City Draft Riots of 1863, unlike the Republican newspapers The Tribune and The Times.
In 1864, the World was charged with fraud after it published communications from President Lincoln that turned out to be forged. Lincoln arrested Marble and placed the World under military guard. Marble, and the World, was allowed to resume publication three days later. In 1872, the World vigorously opposed Horace Greeley's presidential campaign. Marble retired his editorial position in 1876.
- Marble, Manton. A Secret Chapter of Political History. The Electoral Commission. The Truth Concerning Samuel J. Tilden, President, De Jure, Disclosed and Stated against Some False Representations of His Action, Advice and Conduct During the Winter of 1876-7. 1878.
- Marble, Manton. Fraser River. New York: Dexter & Brother and Ross & Tousey, 1858.
- Mercer, Alexander G., and Manton Marble. Bible Characters, Being Selections from Sermons of Alexander Gardiner Mercer, D.D. (1817–1882). New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1885.
- Marble, Manton, and Abraham Lincoln. Letter to Abraham Lincoln. New York: Priv. Print, 1867.
- Marble, Manton. To Red River & Beyond. S.l: s.n, 1860.
- Marble, Manton. Freedom of the Press Wantonly Violated: Letter of Mr. Marble to President Lincoln, Reappearance of the Journal of Commerce, Opinions of the Press on This Outrage. New York: s.n, 1864.
- Marble, Manton, and Abraham Lincoln. The Papers of Manton Marble. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1852.
- Marble, Manton. The Ancient and Modern Idea of a State. 1855.
- Marble, Manton (Harper's Magazine) at harpers.org
- HarpWeek: Cartoon of the Day at www.harpweek.com
- Archives of Manton Marble at Senate House Library
- "Manton Marble, Publicist, Dead. Editor and Owner of The New York World from 1862 to 1876 Dies in England at 82. Noted Political Writer. His Famous "Letter to Abraham Lincoln" Followed President's Suspension of His Newspaper. His Letter to President Lincoln". New York Times. July 25, 1917.
Manton Marble died this morning of old age at the home of his son-in-law, Sir Martin Conway, Allington Castle, near Maidstone. Mr. Marble, who had been living in England quietly for twenty years, began to fail last Christmas.