Who said “Go west, young man” and Where did the phrase come from?

An Indiana journalist named John Soule (1815-1891) was the first to print the phrase, “Go west, young man” in 1851.

But New York newspaper editor Horace Greeley (1811-1872) popularized the expression until people came to think he invented it. The West, said Greeley, was the place to “build up a home and fortune.”

After the Civil War ended in 1865, many Anglo Americans heeded his call: farmers, ranchers, miners, railroad magnates, business people of every stripe.

who said go west young man and where did the phrase come from

Prosperity followed for most of them, but not for most of the region’s Mexican Americans.

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