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The collection contains a letter (September 11, 1874) by Whitelaw Reid to Thurlow Weed.
Thurlow Weed (born 1797, Green County, New York; died 1882) was a noted printer, journalist, New York politician and legislator. A significant figure in New York Whig and later Republican politics, he helped engineer the victories of William H. Seward to the governorship of New York in 1838 and William Henry Harrison to the U.S. Presidency in 1840. Weed was often consulted by President Lincoln and had significant influence over political appointments in his administration. His political influence declined after the rise of the Radical Republicans.
In this letter, Reid expresses his feelings concerning the third term movement conducted by supporters of President U. S. Grant. He notes that he personally wishes the third term movement stopped and hopes that Weed can be of assistance.
Whitelaw Reid (born in 1837 near Xenia, Ohio; died London, England, 1912) served as Horace Greeley's editorial assistant on the
New York Tribune in 1868. After a term as managing editor, Reid became editor after Greeley stepped down. He maintained the
Tribune as the most powerful paper in the United States. An ardent Republican, Reid nevertheless led a fight against the Grant administration and shared in exposing its corruption. Reid was U.S. Minister to France from 1889 to 1892; and in 1892, he was nominated for the Vice Presidency of the U.S. by the Republican Convention. On his appointment as U. S. Ambassador to Great Britain in 1905, he gave up active editorship of the
March 18, 1968, Letter of Whitelaw Reid. Transferred from the J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Whitelaw Reid Paper (#51), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Processed by D. Lennon, May 1968
Encoded by Apex Data Services
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