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Republican Party
March 20, 1854 In Ripon, a group of citizens under led by attorney Alvan E. Bovay met in a schoolhouse in support of the abolition of slavery. They adopted the name "Republicans" Wisconsin
July 6, 1854 Meeting in Jackson a group of Republicans present the first statewide platform and nominate a slate of candidates Michigan
February 22, 1856 The first "national" meeting of the Republican Party is held in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
  Election of 1856
  Civil War Firsts
June 17, 1856
June 19, 1856
Republican Convention nominates John C. Fremont for President.
  Election of 1856
  John C. Fremont
November 4, 1856 Democrats James Buchanan and John C. Breckinridge defeat Republicans John C. Fremont and William Dayton and American (Know-Nothing) Party candidates Millard Fillmore and Andrew Donelson
  Election of 1856
  James Buchanan
  Millard Fillmore
  John Breckinridge
  John C. Fremont
  Democratic Party
June 15, 1858 Abraham Lincoln makes his "House Divided" speech before the Illinois Republican Convention to kick off his senatorial run against Stephen Douglas Illinois
  A House Divided [Full Text]
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Abraham Lincoln
May 16, 1860
May 18, 1860
Republican Convention is held in Chicago, Illinois. William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase and Abraham Lincoln of Illinois are the leading contenders from a field of 12 candidates. Lincoln wins on the third ballot. Hannibal Hamlin of Maine, an outspoken, long-time abolitionist is chosen for vice-president. Illinois
  The Election of 1860
  Salmon P. Chase
  1860 Republican Convention
  Abraham Lincoln
  William Seward
November 6, 1860 Republican Abraham Lincoln wins the Presidential election with 39.7% of the vote, defeating Stephen Douglas, John Breckinridge and John Bell.
  Stephen A. Douglas
  Abraham Lincoln
  Causes of the Civil War
  John Breckinridge
  The Election of 1860
November 4, 1862 For the first time since the party was founded, Republicans lose seats in Congress.
December 16, 1862 In a Republican caucus Senators vote 13-11 support a resolution calling for the resignation of William Seward.
  1862 Cabinet Crisis
  William Seward
December 17, 1862 Republicans vote to ask for a reconstruction of Lincoln's cabinet. During the meeting, Secretary of State William Seward and his son, the Assistant Secretary of State, resign.
  1862 Cabinet Crisis
  William Seward
December 19, 1862 An evening meeting at the White House, 8 Republican Senators and Lincoln's Cabinet discuss the reorganization of the Cabinet.
  1862 Cabinet Crisis
March 4, 1864 Republican Michael Hahn is inaugrated governor of Louisiana. Louisiana
May 31, 1864 A small convention in Cleveland of Republican abolitionists unhappy with Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and other things, nominates John C. Fremont for president. Ohio
  John C. Fremont
  Election of 1864
June 7, 1864 The Republican (National Union) Convention opens in Baltimore, Maryland. Maryland
  Election of 1864
June 8, 1864 The Republican National Convention nominates Abraham Lincoln to run for President and Andrew Johnson to run for Vice-President Maryland
  Election of 1864
  Abraham Lincoln
July 1, 1864 Already passed in the U. S. House, the Senate approves the Wade-Davis Reconstruction Bill 26-3 with 20 abstentions. Lincoln will pocket veto the bill. Radical Republicans had been unhappy with Reconstruction efforts in Louisiana and Arkansas requiring 10 per cent of previous voters approval to restore a state
September 23, 1864 To please Radical Republicans before the Election of 1864, Lincoln asks Montgomery Blair to resign as Postmaster General, which he does later in the day.
November 8, 1864 Republican Abraham Lincoln defeats Democrat George McClellan to serve a second term as President of the United States. Andrew Johnson, a unionist from Tennessee is his Vice President
  Abraham Lincoln
  Election of 1864
  George McClellan
  Andrew Johnson
  Democratic Party
May 20, 1868
May 21, 1868
Republican Convention nominates Ulysses S. Grant to run for President of the United States and Schuyler Colfax as Vice-president
  Election of 1868
  Ulysses S. Grant
January 6, 1876 James G. Blaine of Maine, a leading Republican and potential presidential candidate opposes granting amnesty to the 750 remaing Confederate leaders on the floor of the House. Maine
  Election of 1876
June 14, 1876
June 16, 1876
The three-day Republican Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio (Hayes home state) shifted its support from front runner James Blaine to Rutherford B. Hayes on the second ballot. Ohio
  Election of 1876
  Rutherford B. Hayes
November 7, 1876 Republican candidates Rutherford B. Hayes and William Wheeler defeat Democratic candidates Samuel J. Tilden and Thomas Hendricks, although the results will not be known until much later.
  Election of 1876
  Rutherford B. Hayes
  Democratic Party
January 8, 1877 Francis Nicholls, a Confederate general is inaugurated governor. Stephen B. Packard, a Republican, tried to claim victory. Louisiana
November 2, 1880 Republican James Garfield defeats Democrat Winfield Scott Hancock in the Presidential election
  Election of 1880
  Winfield Scott Hancock
  James Garfield
  Democratic Party
March 10, 1980 David Treen becomes Louisiana's first Republican governor since Reconstrution




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