Stage Driver Scares Famous Newsman

sierra Nevada The now-famous words “Go West, young man” are attributed to Horace Greely , the often irascible editor of the New York Tribune. He may not have coined this popular saying at all, but merely popularized the phrase in an era when Americans were intrigued with westward expansion. One source says the full quote is “Go West young man, and grow up with the country,” from a book Greeley published in 1850, or, alternatively, an 1865 editorial in his newspaper, but the phrase isn’t found in either place. Still others claim the full text is “Go West, young man, go West! There is health in the country, and room away from our crowds of idlers and imbeciles,” from a conversation between Greeley and a reporter in 1833. Horace Greeley strongly advocated westward expansionism, the abolition of slavery, the temperance movement, and women’s rights.  He lost his bid for the presidency to Ulysses Grant, and although widely respected he was not particularly well-liked. Horace Greeley is especially remembered for the colorful invectives he hurled at veteran stage driver Hank Monk as Greeley endured a spine-jolting, head-bashing coach ride over treacherous mountain roads from Genoa, Nevada, to Placerville, a story made famous by Mark Twain.

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