Greeley, circa 1860, wearing his signature “Quaker” hat, overcoat and topcoat.

When Horace Greeley went west, to Monmouth, Illinois

MONMOUTH, Ill. — Although Horace Greeley probably did not coin the slogan “Go West, young man,” he was a vocal advocate for western expansion and the completion of the transcontinental railroad. In 1859, the intrepid journalist made a celebrated overland journey from New York to San Francisco, which he chronicled in his Whig newspaper, the New-York Tribune. Just a few months after that trip, Greeley again went west — to Monmouth — where he spoke before a capacity audience on Jan. 25, 1860.

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