He had a high, squeaky voice and whiskers and always wore a broad-brimmed hat and white socks. He tried numerous times for political office, but except for a few months in Congress, he always failed. He had often been satirized but took personally the attacks on him in the 1872 campaign: one cartoon depicted him shaking hands with Booth over Lincoln’s body. He already showed signs of mental instability before the election and died shortly thereafter.
Quote: “We are henceforth to be one American people. Let us forget that we fought. Let us remember only that we have made peace.” (1872)
REFERENCE: Lurton D. Ingersoll, The Life of Horace Greeley (1974).