(1831-1902) Writers, Editor who established the Nation magazine in 1865. I n 1881 he became an editor of the New York Evening Post and in 1883 editor in chief, carrying the Nation, by then an influential critical weekly, with him as a weekly in connection with the Post.
• Godkin was a political independent and attacked the carpetbag regime, corruption under President Grant, free silver, organized labor, and high tariffs.
His integrity gave Godkin's opinion weight. He was an important spokesman of laissez-faire in economic policy.