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Weed at the height of his influence, circa 1860. Brady-Handy photograph, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
|Member of the New York State Assembly from Monroe County|
January 1, 1830 – December 31, 1830
Serving with Ezra Sheldon Jr., Joseph Randall
|Preceded by||John Garbutt, Heman Norton, Reuben Willey|
|Succeeded by||Samuel G. Andrews, Isaac Lacey, Peter Price|
January 1, 1825 – December 31, 1825
Serving with Gustavus Clark, Henry Fellows
|Preceded by||Peter Price, Major H. Smith, Enos Stone|
|Succeeded by||Henry Fellows, Isaac Lacey, Vincent Mathews|
Edward Thurlow Weed
November 15, 1797
Cairo, Greene County, New York
|Died||November 22, 1882
New York City, New York
|Resting place||Albany Rural Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Catherine Ostrander (m. 1818-1858, her death)|
|Relations||William Barnes Sr. (son-in-law)
William Barnes Jr. (grandson)
Catharine Weed Barnes (granddaughter)
|Occupation||Printer, publisher and editor|
|Branch/service||New York Militia|
|Years of service||1812-1814|
|Battles/wars||War of 1812|
Thurlow Weed (November 15, 1797 – November 22, 1882) was a New York newspaper publisher and Whig and Republican politician. He was the principal political advisor to prominent New York politician William H. Seward and was instrumental in the presidential nominations of William Henry Harrison (1840), Zachary Taylor (1848), and John C. Frémont (1856).
Born in Cairo, New York, Weed served in the War of 1812 and apprenticed for newspapers before winning election to the New York State Assembly. He met Seward in the assembly, forming a close political alliance that would last for several decades. Weed and Seward became leaders of the New York Anti-Masonic Party, and Weed established the Albany Evening Journal. Weed supported the American System of Henry Clay and helped establish the Whig Party in the 1830s. He helped Seward win election as Governor of New York and supported the successful presidential candidacies of Harrison and Taylor.
Weed led the New York Whigs for much of the 1830s and 1840s but abandoned the Whigs following the passage of the Kansas–Nebraska Act. He helped organize the Republican Party and supported Frémont's nomination at the 1856 Republican National Convention. He led the effort to nominate Seward at the 1860 Republican National Convention, but the convention nominated Abraham Lincoln instead. After the Civil War, Weed and Seward allied with President Andrew Johnson and supported Johnson's approach to Reconstruction. Weed retired from public life in 1867 and died in 1882.
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