Thurlow Weed, an American journalist, born at Cairo, Greene co., N. Y., Nov. 15, 1797. He learned printing in the office of Machy Croswell at Catskill. In the war of 1812 he served on the northern frontier as a private and as quartermaster sergeant. After becoming of age he established the "Agriculturist" at Norwich, Chenango co., N. Y., and during the next ten years edited various journals, the last being the "Anti-Masonic Enquirer," published in Rochester. During the anti-masonic excitement in New York in 1826-'7, he identified himself with the party opposed to the masons, and was twice elected by it to the lower house of the state legislature. His tact as a party manager, and his services in 1826 in securing the election of De Witt Clinton as governor, suggested him as a competent person to oppose the "Albany regency," who had the general management of the democratic party in New York. At the expiration of his second term in the legislature in 1830, he accordingly removed to Albany, and assumed the editorship of the "Albany Evening Journal," a newspaper established in the interest of the antiJackson party. From 1830 to 1862 he was a political leader, first of the whig and afterward of the republican party.
He was prominent in procuring the presidential nominations of Harrison, Taylor, and Scott, acting in each instance as an independent adviser of the respective conventions. He warmly advocated the election of Fremont in 1856 and of Lincoln in 1860, although his influence had in each case been exerted in favor of the nomination of Mr. Seward. In November, 1861, he was sent to Europe by President Lincoln in a semi-diplomatic capacity. He returned home in June, 1862, and shortly afterward withdrew from the editorship of the " Evening Journal." In 1865 he became a resident of New York city, where he edited for a time the "Commercial Advertiser." Since 1868 infirm health has compelled him to withdraw from active labor. He has published "Letters from Europe and the West Indies" (Albany, 1866), and is preparing for the press his autobiography and correspondence, portions of which have appeared in various publications.