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Birthplace of the REPUBLICAN PARTY

Birthplace of Republican PartyMeeting at a school house in Ripon on February 28, 1854, some thirty opponents of the Nebraska Act called for the organization of a new political party and suggested that Republican would be the most appropriate name—to link their cause with the Declaration of Independence.

The February 1854 meeting was the first political meeting of the group that would become the Republican Party. The first meeting by a group that called itself “Republican” took place later in 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. Both cities, along with Exeter, New Hampshire and Crawfordsville, Iowa, bill themselves as the “Birthplace of the Republican Party,” however, Jackson is most often associated with this idea, as the event taking place was the first official Republican Party meeting.

The modern Ripon Society, a Republican think tank, takes its name from Ripon, Wisconsin.

History of the United States Republican Party
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