Tributes to Horace Greeley

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The following are among the tributes to Horace Greeley, editor of the New-York Tribune and 1872 presidential candidate:

Legacy and cultural references[edit]

Places Named After Greeley[edit]

Plaque below Horace Greeley statue in New York City's Greeley Square
Horace Greeley Statue
City Hall Park


Chappaqua Farm, New York, Residence Horace Greeley, Currier & Ives, c. 1870
  • In 1856, he designed and built Rehoboth, one of the first concrete structures in the United States.[2]
  • In the Publisher's Announcement in Volume III of Johnson's New Universal Cyclopaedia, A.J. Johnson stated, "the latest labors of Mr. Greeley's life were given to this work, to which he contributed largely. It is with justice, therefore, that his name is preserved in the list of its editors." Horace Greeley is listed as the editor for the topics American History, Statistics, Agriculture, etc.
  • The New York Tribune building was the first home of Pace University. Today, the site where the building stood is now the One Pace Plaza complex of Pace's New York City campus. Coincidentally, Choate House, Dr. Choate's residence and private hospital, where Horace Greeley died, today is part of Pace's campus in Pleasantville, New York.
  • On February 3, 1961, the US Post Office Department issued a 4-cent Horace Greeley Famous American stamp designed by Charles R. Chickering through the Chappaqua, New York, post office.[3]
Horace Greeley honored on U.S. Postage stamp
issue of 1961
  • Horace Greeley is the subject of an anecdote recounted by Mark Twain in his lectures to the public after his return from the Sandwich Islands. The story is also retold in Roughing It. In the story, which is really a story about a story, the narrator tells of coming west on the Overland Stage and how at almost every stop someone would board the stage and, after a while, offer to tell the same humorous anecdote about Horace Greeley. It is an example of redundancy or recursiveness as a humoristic story-telling device. (Sources: Autobiography of Mark Twain, edited by Charles Neider, chapter 28; Roughing It, chapter 20)
  • Hjalmar Schacht (full name: Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht) was named after Greeley.
  • Greeley's experience in the Pike's Peak Gold Rush and the early days of Denver is the basis of the 1965 episode "The Great Turkey War" of the syndicated television series, Death Valley Days. Parley Baer, popular character actor, was cast as Greeley, with Michael Constantine as Pollock. In the story line, a fledgling Denver is wracked by vandalism and the theft of turkeys, and Greeley is determined to tell the truth to the nations via his reporting.[4]

In fiction[edit]

  • Horace Greeley is depicted in the film Gangs of New York by Michael Byrne in his capacity as publisher of the Tribune.
  • Horace Greeley appears in Morris' comic book Lucky Luke in The Daily Star album. Lucky Luke helps a young editor, Horace Greeley, to set himself up in Dead End City and to establish his newspaper, The Daily Star.
  • A character named Horace Greeley was a regular in series 5 of the BBC mystery series Jonathan Creek.
  • He is also referenced by the character Archer of the cartoon of the same name in the episode "Skin Game."
  • In the broadway play Newsies his name is mentioned.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Walter J. Gruber and Dorothy W. Gruber (March 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Registration:Rehoboth". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Archived from the original on 2011-12-04. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
  3. ^ "Horace Greeley Issue". Smithsonian National Postal museum. Retrieved Sep 12, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Great Turkey War". Internet Movie Data Base. October 7, 1965. Retrieved August 29, 2015.