Birthplace of Republican Party

Birthplace of Republican Party (HM1J3)

Location: Ripon, WI 54971 Fond Du Lac County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 50.634', W 88° 50.208'

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In 1852 Alvan Earle 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 anti-slavery 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' debate on the bill created upheavals in all the existing political parties.

When the bill passed the Senate on March 3, 1854, Bovay promptly called a meeting of 53 voters in the little white schoolhouse to organize a new party. Years later 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.
HM NumberHM1J3
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series, and the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series.
Marker Number135
Year Placed1964
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 1:23pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 352349 N 4856175
Decimal Degrees43.84390000, -88.83680000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 50.634', W 88° 50.208'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 50' 38.04" N, 88° 50' 12.48" W
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Area Code(s)920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 305 Blackburn St, Ripon WI 54971, US
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