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Birthplace of the Republican Party Historical Marker


Location of sign - Highway 23, Ripon Wisconsin, Fond du Lac County


Photo taken -  October 2006


Birthplace of the Republican Party Historical Marker, Wisconsin

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign:


In 1852 Alvan Early Bovay of Ripon met with Horace Greeley in New York and advocated dissolution of the Whig Party and 

formation of a new party to fuse together antislavery elements. At the same time he suggested the name "Republican" because he 

felt "it was a good name...with charm and prestige." The opportunity to act came in January 1854 when Senator Stephen Douglas 

of Illinois introduced the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, which permitted the extension of slavery beyond the limits of the earlier Missouri 

Compromise. Three months of debate on the bill created upheavals in all the existing political parties. When the bill passed the 

Senate on March 3, 1854, Bovay recalled: "We went into the little meeting, Whigs, Free Soilers, and Democrats. We came out 

Republicans, and we were the first Republicans in the Union." On February 22, 1856, a convention was held at Pittsburgh to 

establish a national organization, and the name "Republican" was adopted for the new party. Among those present were Horace 

Greeley and Abraham Lincoln.


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