The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 341
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Horace Greeley in Texas
That Greeley was sincere in his vocal support of the cause of
justice in Texas was soon proved. De Witt Clinton Giddings, a
Democrat, was elected congressman from the Third Texas Dis-
trict, which included both Houston and Galveston. But the Re-
publican incumbent, William Thomas Clark, was given the cre-
dentials by Governor Davis, and served from March 4, 1871, until
May 13, 1872. Giddings successfully contested the election of his
carpetbag opponent on the thirteenth of May.
Through the columns of the Tribune, Greeley supported the
seating of Giddings. When the approval of the Democrat was
announced, John H. Reagan wrote, "To Horace Greeley's pen
more than to any one other thing do the people of the Third
Texas District owe it that they are represented by their own rep-
resentative rather than by the creature turned out by the unani-
mous vote of the House."32 The Texas Republicans met in con-
vention in Houston in May, 1872, to nominate candidates for
the presidential electors. At that time, the Republicans endorsed
President Ulysses S. Grant for a second term, rejecting the nom-
ination of Greeley. Yet, when the people of Texas went to the
polls, they gave Horace Greeley, a Liberal Republican accepted
by the Democrats, a majority of 19,o020o votes.8* Horace Greeley
had failed to capture the hearts of Texas Republican leaders, but
he had won the approval of Lone Star voters.
82Sam Acheson, 35,000 Days in Texas (New York, 1938), 74.
a3Charles W. Ramsdell, "Reconstruction in Texas," Studies in History, Economics,
and Political Science, XXXVI (New York, 1910), 313.
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