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Whitelaw Reid Paper, 1874

Manuscript Collection #51

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Title: Whitelaw Reid Paper
Creator: Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Letter (1874) concerning the movement to nominate President Grant for a third term. 1 item.
Extent: 0.108 Cubic feet, 1 item, consisting of a letter.

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Accessions Information

March 18, 1968, Letter of Whitelaw Reid. Transferred from the J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Whitelaw Reid Paper (#51), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Lennon, May 1968

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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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 Tribune.

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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.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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