President Donald Trump on Tuesday officially pardoned Susan B. Anthony, the famed women's suffrage leader arrested in 1872 for attempting to vote, which was, at the time, an illegal act for a female and carried with it a $100 fine.
Anthony was tried and ultimately found guilty by an all-male jury for daring to cast a vote in the 1872 presidential election between incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant and Liberal Republican Horace Greeley.
Trump's decision to pardon the iconic suffragist comes on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified in August 1920 and guaranteed no citizen would be barred from voting based on the account of sex.
I did know from some years back that, while he is usually credited with the saying, "Go West, young man!" it is not his line originally. I quoted that line and credited it to ol' Horace whenever anyone one I knew back east pooh-poohed my desires and plans to come to Ft Sill, when I was in my early 20s. Believe me, both sides of the family couldn't stop telling me what to do (parents, brother, aunts & uncles, cousins), plus my high school sweetheart. I acted on what I wanted to do, and 41 yrs later, I am still here, and happy.
This is the Research Note with the article on Horace Greeley.
Horace Greeley is generally credited with having coined the often-quoted phrase “Go West, young man,” but many observers point to John B.L. Soule, an Indiana journalist, as the actual originator of the phrase. Although Greeley used the phrase “Go West, young man, go West” in an editorial in 1865, Soule, indeed, had written “Go West, young man, and grow up with the country” earlier, in an editorial in the Terre Haute (Indiana) Express in 1851. Greeley, however, long an ardent advocate of western expansion, was anything but a stranger to the notion of the promise of the American West, and in the New York Tribune in 1841 he wrote, “Do not lounge in the cities! There is room and health in the country, away from the crowds of idlers and imbeciles. Go west, before you are fitted for no life but that of the factory.”
Psalm 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.