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January 31, 2007

The Republican Party abolished slavery

Trumbull_1Grand Old Partisan salutes Senator Lyman Trumbull (R-IL), the person who wrote the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.  On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives with unanimous Republican support and against intense Democrat opposition.  The measure had already passed in the Republican-dominated U.S. Senate.

An anti-slavery Democrat before the Republican Party was established, in an 1855 election for the U.S. Senate, Trumbull defeated a pro-slavery Democrat as well as Abraham Lincoln, who had run as a Whig.

See www.republicanbasics.com for more information about the heritage of the GOP and click here to read about the book which shows Republicans how to campaign against Democrats more effectively, Back to Basics for the Republican Party.

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