Commemorating the Wisconsin Republican Party’s first state convention

Grand Old Partisan commemorates the first convention of the Wisconsin Republican Party. It occurred just a week after the GOP’s state kickoff Under the Oaks in Michigan. Anti-slavery newspaper editors who called for this meeting had selected the anniversary of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which banned slavery from the region.

Most residents of Wisconsin opposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, enacted by Democrats and their allies. This vile law extended slavery into the western territories. Friends of freedom knew they had to unite politically if the Democratic Party were to be stopped from destroying the country.

On the morning of July 13, 1854, nearly four thousand people gathered in the park by the capitol building in Madison. . . .

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160 years ago today!