Republican Party History

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Our Republican History… The People’s Party

MARCH 20, 1854     First Republican Party meeting in Ripon, Wisconsin. 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.
JULY 6, 1854     Just after the anniversary of the nation, an anti-slavery state convention was held in Jackson, Michigan. The hot day forced the large crowd outside to a nearby oak grove. At this “Under the Oaks Convention” the first statewide candidates were selected for what would become the Republican Party.

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.

  •  January 1, 1863     President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation

  •  January 31, 1865     Republican-controlled 38th Congress passes the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery..

  •   January 13, 1866     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.

  •   March 1, 1872     Republican-controlled 42nd Congress establishes Yellowstone as first national park.

  •   December 9, 1872     First African-American governor, Pinckney Pinchback (R-LA)

  •   April 2, 1917     First woman in Congress, Rep. Jeannette Rankin (R-MT)

  •   May 21, 1919     Republican-controlled 66th Congress passes the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote

  •   June 2, 1924     Republican-controlled 68th Congress and President Calvin Coolidge grant citizenship to Native Americans with the Indian Citizenship Act

  •   December 7, 1928     First Hispanic U.S. Senator, Senator Octaviano Larrazolo (R-NM)

  •   January 3, 1949     Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) becomes the first woman to serve in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

  •   May 17, 1954     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.

  •   September 9, 1957     President Dwight Eisenhower signs the 1957 Civil Rights Act.

  •   August 21, 1959     First Asian-American U.S. Senator, Hiram Fong (R-HI)

  •   June 10, 1964     Senate passes the 1964 Civil Rights Act when the Republican leader, Everett Dirksen (R-IL), defeats Democrat filibuster

  •   September 25, 1981     Sandra Day O’Connor, appointed by President Reagan, becomes the first woman on the Supreme Court

  •   June 12, 1987     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

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