Pierce County Republican Party

Republican Party History

Our Republican History… The People’s Party
It all started with people who opposed slavery. They were common, everyday people who bristled at the notion that men had any right to oppress their fellow man. In the early 1850’s, these anti-slavery activists found commonality with rugged individuals looking to settle in western lands, free of government charges. “Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men,” went the slogan. And it was thus in joint opposition to human enslavement and government tyranny that an enterprising people gave birth to the Republican Party

Party of Freedom, Prosperity, Vision, Strength and for the Future!

Did you know?

  •  President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Republican-controlled 38th Congress passes the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.

  •   With unanimous Republican support and against intense Democrat opposition, Congress passes the 14th Amendment granting citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States.

  •   Republican-controlled 42nd Congress establishes Yellowstone as first national park.

  •   First African-American governor, Pinckney Pinchback (R-LA)

  •   First woman in Congress, Rep. Jeannette Rankin (R-MT)

  •   Republican-controlled 66th Congress passes the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote

  •   Republican-controlled 68th Congress and President Calvin Coolidge grant citizenship to Native Americans with the Indian Citizenship Act

  •   First Hispanic U.S. Senator, Senator Octaviano Larrazolo (R-NM)

  •   Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) becomes the first woman to serve in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

  •   Brown v Board of Education strikes down racial segregation in public schools; majority decision written by Chief Justice Earl Warren, former Republican governor (CA) and vice presidential nominee.

  •   First Asian-American U.S. Senator, Hiram Fong (R-HI)

  •   Senate passes the 1964 Civil Rights Act when the Republican leader, Everett Dirksen (R-IL), defeats Democrat filibuster

  •   Sandra Day O’Connor, appointed by President Reagan, becomes first woman on the Supreme Court

  •   President Ronald Reagan calls for liberation of East Europeans from Communism with “Tear Down This Wall” speech

The above information is from the Republican National Party website

…. Read more of the history that includes a timeline of the Historical Moments of GOP achievements for freedom and equality on www.gop.com

When you know Our Republican History …
It is easy to Stand Tall – Be United – and Be Proud of our Heritage!