In 1859, Robert Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, tried to get into Harvard University. Robert traveled east from Illinois to take the entrance exam for Harvard. He failed in 15 subjects.
This worried his father. Lake all dads, Lincoln wanted his son to make good grades and earn a good education. He decided to make a trip east to bolster his son's morale and get him to study a little harder.
While there, Lincoln was invited to have dinner with Horace Greeley, the editor-publisher and political king-maker of the day. The man from Illinois impressed Greeley so much that Greeley arranged for Lincoln to give a lecture to the Cooper Union in New York City. In a very real way, Horace Greeley launched Lincoln's political career.