Origins of Sayings - Go West, Young Man
About the history and origins behind the famous saying go west young man!
Stories behind Famous Sayings
The Saying: GO WEST, YOUNG MAN!
Who Said It: John Babsone Lane Soule
The Story behind It: Horace Greeley, New York newspaper publisher and U.S. presidential candidate, is usually credited with giving this piece of advice. Actually, Greeley did not originate it. In 1851 John Babsone Lane Soule first published these words in the Terre Haute, Ind., Express. Horace Greeley then picked them up and used them on the editorial page of his powerful New York Tribune. Incidentally, when Greeley repeated, "Go west, young man, and grow up with the country," he meant no further west than Erie County, Pa.
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