Grand Old Partisan celebrates the birth of the Republican Party. This day of 1854, fifty-three friends of freedom met at Ripon, Wisconsin in opposition to the Democratic Party's plan for expanding slavery into the western territories. Under the leadership of Alvan Bovay, they established a committee — three Whigs, one Free Soil, one Democrat — to undertake forming a new party. The name they chose was Republican.
Within months, statewide Republican organizations were established in Michigan and Wisconsin and elsewhere. Less than two years later, Republicans set up a national organization. Soon, the GOP became a major party, winning control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1858 and the White House in 1860.
This article is adapted Back to Basics for the Republican Party. Now, more than ever, the Republican Party should get back to basics.
I had the honor of touring the Little Schoolhouse, which is now a museum. See YouTube at Ripon for the introduction of my remarks.
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